(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is spending his third consecutive Saturday on the golf course at Joint Base Andrews, taking advantage of the warm spring weather.
The president was joined on the course by White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and White House aides Michael Brush and Joe Paulsen, the same three who accompanied the president last Saturday. Nicholson and Brush also joined Obama on the links two weeks ago.
While the president spent the day golfing, the White House opened its gates to the public for the annual spring White House garden tours.
Visitors who received free tickets through the National Park Service were able to roam through the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and the South Lawn of the White House. They also caught a peek at the White House Kitchen Garden, the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden.
But while visitors saw the tulips and roses blooming in the White House gardens, the White House itself is still off limits for tours. White House tours were cancelled indefinitely on March 9th due to sequester cuts faced by the Secret Service.
The White House garden tours are operating today and Sunday only.
The president is an avid golfer. Interestingly, President Obama’s recent budget proposal would close a tax loophole that currently allows golf course owners to claim a charitable tax deduction by donating some of the land the course sat on to a conservation land trust.
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