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Obama is president putter

US President Barack Obama has been in office for over a year, but he is said to have already played golf 32 times — eight times more than his predecessor George W Bush did during his eight-year term.

world Updated: Apr 21, 2010 00:48 IST

US President Barack Obama has been in office for over a year, but he is said to have already played golf 32 times — eight times more than his predecessor George W Bush did during his eight-year term.

President Obama’s latest outing on the links came on Sunday, when an opportunity opened up on his schedule after flying bans over most of northern and central Europe forced him to cancel his trip to Krakow to attend the funeral of Lech Kaczynski, Polish President.

Bush was shown in the Michael Moore film Fahrenheit 9/11 condemning “terrorist killers” in the Middle East when asked a question on the golf course in 2002. Barely pausing for breath, he added: “Thank you. Now watch this drive.”

Bush, who was mocked by many for his fondness for the game, later gave up golf.

Golf Digest has ranked Obama eighth among the list of golfing presidents, behind Bill Clinton but ahead of Ronald Reagan. John F. Kennedy was considered the best golfing president.