President Barack Obama’s Sunday golf game forced two Army captains to reschedule their wedding so Obama could play at the Kaneohe Klipper golf course.
Edward Mallue Jr. and Natalie Heimel invited Obama to attend their wedding, but the president declined the invitation. Less than a day later, the couple received the news they could not get married on the 16th tee because Obama would be playing through.
“It was kind of ironic they got the letter from them and then, within hours, they were told they had to be moved due to him,” Mallue’s sister Jamie McCarthy told Bloomberg. “It was emotional, especially for her — she’s the bride and in less than 24 hours they had to change everything they had planned.” McCarthy says Obama called to apologize and congratulate the couple.
Obama’s frequent golf outings have sparked controversy before. In August, Obama went golfing just minutes after delivering a speech on the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS terrorists. Obama later said he regretted the “optics” of golfing the same day as his beheading speech.