President Donald Trump has been playing a lot of golf lately.
NBC News editor Brad Jaffy reported that Trump was at the Trump International Golf Course on Friday, marking the 17th time he has golfed since taking the office of the presidency.
Along with chronicling the president's 17th round of golf, Jaffy tweeted out a video compilation of Trump repeatedly saying that he wouldn't play a lot of golf if elected president and excoriating Barack Obama for his habitual golfing:
Some of the highlights of the video include Trump saying, "I'm not going to play much golf because there's a lot of work to be done," and repeatedly saying,"Obama plays more golf than professional players in the PGA tour."
And yet Trump is already set to easily surpass Obama's total of 333 instances of playing golf. Obama's first round of golf as president was on April 26, 2009. On Friday April 14, Trump had already played 17 rounds of golf.
Buzzfeed editor David Mack accused the White House of attempting "to hide" Trump's serial golfing:
As The Daily Wire has previously noted, Trump's constant golfing after stating on the campaign trail that he wouldn't play much golf as president certainly warrants criticism, especially since he criticized Obama for his constant golfing. But there is a key difference between Trump and Obama's golfing habits: Obama's were easily more tone-deaf, as "Obama played golf instead of putting in the time and effort to solve the world's crises."
One of the more notable instances of this tone deafness was when Obama golfed shortly after he spoke about the video showing ISIS slicing off the head of James Foley. Obama later conceded that his timing was a mistake.
Trump, on the other hand, is at least willing to lead on the world stage in a way that Obama repeatedly refused to do. Thus his golfing breaks feels less like a retreat than his predecessor's often did. That's not to excuse Trump's golfing after his campaign trail rhetoric, but, thus far at least, the optics haven't damaged him as they eventually damaged Obama.