Presidential Visit to Golf Course Rudely Delayed Other Players-Unproven!
Summary of eRumor:
This is an account of President Obama’s visit to the Kaneohe Marine Corps on Oahu while he was on Christmas vacation in Hawaii that said security protocols delayed the tee times of other players. It is an angry vent that also said that the President’s entourage used up 30 golf carts.
President Obama did visit the Kaneoh Klipper Golf Course on January 4, 2014 while he and the First Family were vacationing in Hawaii over the Christmas holiday but it is not known at this time if anyone was delayed or inconvenienced by the Presidential visit. TruthOrFiction.Com has calls into the managers of the Klipper Golf Course and we will post findings here when we get them.
When the President travels security protocols are in place to insure his safety as well as the safety of his family and staff members around him. These safety measures may have caused some delays in getting on the fairway of other golfers but we doubt that any of members of the active duty who frequent this golf course were uninformed of a Presidential visit. The Kaneoh Klipper Golf Course is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country and has been a favorite among U.S. Presidents.
We did find an advisory in the USMC website that said, “Golfers may face another reason for a golf course shut down in December — President Barack Obama is planning his annual holiday season trip with stops at MCB Hawaii.” The golf course was temporarily shut down earlier in December owing to heavy weather.
This was not the first time security protocols owing to a Presidential visit may have inconvenienced others. In 1993 two runways at Los Angeles International Airport were shut down so that President Bill Clinton could get a haircut from a Beverly Hills barber on Air Force One. Air traffic at LAX was ordered to stand by or circle until Air Force One departed. The delay, according to a May 21, 1993 New York Times article lasted about an hour.
This is a message from my friend, who is vacationing in Honolulu.
My wife and I are on Oahu for our annual Hawaii trip with good friends and two granddaughters enjoying the hospitality of the Hawaiian people on this lovely Island. Being retired military allows us the privilege of using the military facilities and especially the highly desirable golf courses.
Yesterday, Jan 4, we had a tee time of 12:04 to play golf at Kaneohe Marine Corps on Oahu. We arrived early because we were advised the President was possibly going to play but also that he was leaving to fly back to D.C. that same day.
We checked in and were second off and waiting for carts when we were advised that he really may be coming but there was no count of when or how many in the party. We then got body scanned, our golf bags searched and briefed on the proper behavior expected. He and his party finally arrived at 1:00 and he then hit balls on the range and then drove right in front of us on his way to the first tee hollering Happy New Year to the small group ( 50 or so) golfers waiting to play. They keep two holes clear for him both front and rear and the secret service used 30 carts in all. After he teed off they went down the first fairway and I spotted a single golfer going to the first tee. I hollered at him to get off and he slowly ambled my way and when within talking distance he said he was White House staff and was allowed within the two hole space. I cannot repeat what I said to him. We were finally allowed to tee off at 1:30 and watched as the President bullied his way thru all the young Marines who were able to take a day off as they prepared to go to wherever to protect us all. No words of thank you for your service or how are you doing, just he and three of his civilian high school buddies messing up the day for many. They would make the two groups ahead of his progress move to the side and allow the group to play through.
It really is bothersome to view firsthand the egotistic ass that is our President. I asked numerous marines who were standing around what they thought of him and not one of the thirty or so had any kind words. The common refrain was why did he not come out and join a threesome of young Marines and play golf with them. That would have been so appropriate. Why doesn’t his staff make a tee time like all of us and cancel if necessary? That would eliminate all the confusion. Why does he not respect the lives of all around him instead of being so arrogant.
Thank God he left last evening. We were out there for 5 1/2 hours and quit after 14 holes and left the course with a total lack of respect for our President.