George W. Bush: Don’t Be Rough on Golfer Obama

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Obama should be allowed to relax on the links without being criticized, according to his immediate Oval Office predecessor.

In a taped interview on the Golf Channel’s In-Play with Jimmy Roberts, former President George W. Bush defended Obama’s occasional foray onto the golf course, which critics suggest is something best left to his retirement.

Bush was an avid golfer during his first two-and-a-half years in office but then decided it was inappropriate for the president to golf while American troops were making sacrifices in foreign wars.

However, since he understands the demands of the office, Bush is willing to cut Obama some slack.

He told Jimmy Roberts, “I know what it's like to be in the bubble and I know the pressures of the job and to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president.  It does give you an outlet."

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