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Obama Eases Into Second Term With Golf Weekend in Florida

by Margaret Talev, Bloomberg.com  |  published on February 18, 2013

President Barack Obama spent last year’s Presidents Day weekend at the White House. This year, he lined up a trip with friends to an exclusive Florida golf course owned by a campaign supporter.

Obama golfed today with course owner Jim Crane, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Chicago friend Eric Whitaker and businessmen Anthony Chase and Milton Carroll, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest. Obama also played “a few holes” with Tiger Woods’ former coach Butch Harmon, who designed the club’s instructional facility, Earnest said.

Obama flew on Air Force One yesterday from an official event to promote his economic proposals in his adopted hometown of Chicago to West Palm Beach, Florida, for the weekend getaway at the Floridian in Palm City while his wife and daughters are on a ski vacation.

Accompanying Obama on Air Force One was Whitaker, a Chicago friend who played golf with the president during the first family’s August 2010 vacation on Martha’s Vineyard off the Massachusetts coast.

With no election campaign ahead of him, Obama, 51, is beginning to embrace some of the political freedom that comes along with the lame-duck status of a second-term presidency. The White House has kept details about the weekend to a minimum.

Tom Fazio

The Tom Fazio-designed private course and club is owned by Crane, owner of the Houston Astros baseball team.
Crane, 59, an avid golfer, and chairman and chief executive officer of Houston-based Crane Capital Group, has been an Obama campaign backer, according to donor records.

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