And you thought you had a good poker face. While a double top secret operation was in the works, President Obama carried on his duties, visiting the tornado-stricken Alabama, touring NASA’s facilities, giving a college commencement speech, cracking jokes at the White House Correspondents Dinner, and finally, hitting the links for nine holes on Sunday morning. But wait — those familiar with the President’s schedule know he usually plays 18 and he normally heads to the residence quarters after golfing. Instead, he rushed to the Oval Office…in his golf shoes. I mean, he’s practically running (pic below)!
Come Sunday, Obama headed for the Andrews Air Force Base golf course, as he does on many weekends when the weather is nice. But he only played nine holes, instead of his customary 18, leaving after about three hours. The reporters who accompany him on public outings didn’t think anything was amiss and thought the chilly, rainy weather played into the president’s decision to leave several hours earlier than usual.
What they didn’t know was that Obama was heading back for that final meeting on the bin Laden operation.
In retrospect, there were a few meager clues that something may have been going on. Take the golf shoes in the Oval Office, for example. Photos of Obama walking up the path to his office also showed him with a tense look and clenched jaw.
The golf shoes don’t strike me as the oddest part. The fact he took three hours to play nine holes should have been examined more carefully! (Does he always take that long?) Either way, well played, Mr. President, well played.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)