Press Release – The White House
At 9:56 a.m., the pool was escorted to the second green of the Kaneohe Bay golf course to glimpse President Obama on the course.Travel Pool Report #2
January 2, 2014
Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
At 9:56 a.m., the pool was escorted to the second green of the Kaneohe Bay golf course to glimpse President Obama on the course.
Today, the president is golfing with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, the prime minister’s teen-aged son, Max Key, and White House aide Marvin Nicholson. The New Zealand media has reported that Mr. Key owns a home in Hawaii.
The foursome pulled up in two golf carts with the president and the prime minister riding together. Obama, in a lavender golf shirt, khaki pants and khaki baseball cap, grabbed two clubs from his bag before striding toward the green. The group joked as they golfed and appeared to be playing a fairly casual round.
Obama initially putted from just off the green, announcing that he was opting to putt. When he left his ball well short of the flag, Obama said, “I guess I should have chipped it after all.”
The president’s second putt rolled close to the hole, and he opted for a gimme shot rather than putting a third time.
Nicholson and Max Key appeared to be partners. When Max sank a putt, Obama joked, “He’s doing it in front of the cameras, too.” Obama told Max it was a good shot and gave him a high five.
The four continued to banter as they played, with Obama ribbing Nicholson when a putt went astray.
As the pool was led away from the green, Obama was joking with the prime minister about the challenge of beating the younger players in their group.
The pool is now holding at the Mokapu Mall food court as the golf continues.