'Gotta Go': Bill Clinton Implies Obama Quit Golf Round to Avoid Losing to Him
Former President Bill Clinton alleged that President Barack Obama recently quit a round of golf between them because he did not want to lose him.
Speaking before the Humana Challenge golf tournament in La Quinta, California on Thursday, Clinton said on December 2, 2012, Obama and Clinton played thirteen holes before Obama announced he had to "leave as a result of being reelected and getting ready for the inauguration, the legislature coming in and everything--the Congress coming in."
"I'm only one down and he leaves at (hole) thirteen - says, 'Gotta go,'" Clinton said. "Hey, you're talking to somebody that's had this job and made that excuse."
According to a CNN report, Clinton said Obama was five shots ahead of him after nine holes, but Clinton was making a comeback, picking up four strokes on the first three holes on the back nine."
"He had the lowest score by far he'd ever shot at Andrews," Clinton said. "He was five shots ahead of me after nine holes - but I'm older. I start slow and pick up, so I picked up four of those strokes in the first three holes of the back nine."
On December 2, Obama played golf with Clinton, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.
Records show Obama was on the golf course for under four hours that day. Obama normally spends an average of six hours on the golf course.
Clinton has long been known to take liberties on the golf course. Author Don Van Natta, in his book First Off The Tee, coined the term "Billigan" to refer to the inordinate number of mulligans Clinton would demand on the golf course to inflate his golf scores.
Clinton was speaking at the Humana Challenge, which was formerly known as "The Bob Hope Classic" golf tournament, because his Clinton Foundation is one of the tournament's partners.