Stop snip­ing and let the man play golf

Liz Mair The Daily Beast

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Can we please stop at­tack­ing US pres­i­dents for play­ing too much golf, asks Liz Mair. Don­ald Trump’s fre­quent ap­pear­ances on the links have pro­voked pre­dictable howls from lib­er­als, who see it as a sym­bol of his lazi­ness and hypocrisy – Trump fa­mously crit­i­cised Pres­i­dent Obama’s fond­ness for golf. “But fair as those charges may be, the mas­sive pile-on over pres­i­den­tial golf­ing re­mains as stupid as ever.” Ev­ery­one needs down­time and ex­er­cise to be at their best, what­ever their job. Golf pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for busy peo­ple to get out from be­hind their desks, get some fresh air and clear their minds, so it’s no won­der that it has been a favourite pas­time of mul­ti­ple pres­i­dents. Trump es­pe­cially stands to ben­e­fit from it: he’s the old­est man to have been elected US pres­i­dent, is ob­vi­ously over­weight and cheer­fully ad­mits to eat­ing a lot of junk food. Be­sides, even if you hate Trump, wouldn’t you rather have him on the links than in the Oval Of­fice, start­ing trade wars or threat­en­ing to nuke North Korea? So “quit the snip­ing” and let the man play golf. And let his suc­ces­sor do the same. “It’s for the good of the coun­try, and, at this point, maybe even hu­man­ity.”

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