President Barack Obama, in the middle of a family vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, hit the links Saturday with one of America's favorite funnymen -- comedian Larry David, of "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" fame. David was the co-creator of NBC's "Seinfeld," lending his neurotic, nitpicky tone to the legendary sitcom. He later went on to create "Curb Your Enthusiasm" for HBO, on which he also starred.
The first hole wasn't smooth for David, who apparently found himself in a sand trap at Farm Neck Golf Club. He hacked away at the ball to get it back onto the green, but -- as most golfers at one time have experienced -- couldn't escape the trap. He let out a loud yelp of frustration after a cloud of sand flew up, but the ball stayed put, a White House pool report said, via the Hill.
A video that a White House pool reporter posted to YouTube appeared to show another instance of David -- who apparently spends more time in the sand than David Hasselhoff -- in a bunker, but with the comedian finding better success. David swung, sand flying, but this time the ball fled the bunker in a smooth arc, appearing to land on the fringe surrounding the green.
The video goes on to show Obama putting from the fringe area and lifting his leg, willing the ball toward the cup. It is unclear if the ball went it but it did not appear so.
▶ Here’s my video of Obama today at the Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard, playing golf with Larry David. https://t.co/hIrxnmEPEG
— Michael D. Shear (@shearm) August 8, 2015
Obama also golfed Saturday with David Wolf, former chairman of UBS Investment Bank, and Cyrus Walker, a cousin of White House aide Valarie Jarrett. Both are frequent playing partners for Obama, the Hill reported. Martha's Vineyard has become a popular vacation spot for the president, who is expected to return to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 23.
“His schedule has been especially demanding in the last several weeks,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. “I think he would also be quick to tell you that the last several weeks have been especially rewarding for him.”
Obama was criticized for playing golf in Martha's Vineyard last summer, soon after discussing the murder of U.S. journalist James Foley at the hands of the Islamic State group.