How President Obama spent his vacation day (apart from his family who is vacationing in Aspen)

Subject: Travel Pool #4 – Golf group


Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest informs pool that POTUS played golf at The Floridian National Golf Club today with: (names from Mr. Earnest, brief descriptions from pooler)


-departing USTR Ron Kirk,

-Dr. Eric Whitaker, a longtime Chicago friend of POTUS

-Tony Chase, a Houston lawyer and fellow Harvard Law alum who raised money for POTUS during the campaign (pooler attended a fund-raiser at his River Oaks home last March)

-Jim Crane, a Houston businessman who owns both the Houston Astros and since 2010 the Floridian (which he bought from Wayne Huizenga). (pooler attended a fundraiser that Crane hosted that same March night at an annex of Minute Maid Park, the Astros’ stadium.)

-Milton Carroll, another Houston businessman who is chairman of CenterPoint Energy, which is described as a public utility holding Company. Carroll has given money to POTUS campaigns.


Earnest reports that Butch Harmon, the former swing coach of Tiger Woods, accompanied the group for several for holes and provided tips along the way – not that any of the group necessarily needed any. (Harmon and Woods parted ways in 2004 as not the best of friends)




Scott Wilson

White House Bureau Chief

The Washington Post