Even the president of the United States isn’t immune to experiencing a little frustration on the golf course.
Footage of one of Barack Obama’s recent golf outings appears to have surfaced, TMZ reports. The video was reportedly filmed on Aug. 17 at Vineyard Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., during the first family's summer vacation.
While the video of the golf outing is blurry, a voice that unmistakably belongs to Obama can be heard shouting after an errant golf shot, TMZ reports. Obama appears to hit the ball too far to the left, prompting the president to practice his golf shot and give himself a quick pep talk.
“C’mon, Barack. Not that far left,” Obama said, according to TMZ. The president then practiced his swing in an attempt to determine what he had done wrong.
The blurry video of Obama’s golf outing was shot from a distance, making it difficult to see the president’s face. TMZ notes that the cameraman probably couldn’t get any closer due to the presence of the Secret Service.
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Obama’s golf outing was part of a weeklong family vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, the New York Daily News reports. During the trip, the president was spotted playing golf with top aide Marvin Nicholson, White House chef Sam Kass and Wall Street consultant Robert Wolf.
Republicans criticized the Obama family’s vacation, questioning the decision in light of America’s economic struggles, USA Today reported. "When there are so many people out there looking for jobs and Americans are struggling to make ends meet, this sends the wrong message to people who are struggling to survive," Maryland Republican Party Chairman Diana Waterman told the paper.
Obama’s golf skills may be in the headlines, but the 52-year-old commander-in-chief is also an avid basketball player. Obama has been spotted playing pickup basketball on numerous occasions, and participated in a scrimmage with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.