President Obama took advantage of mild Washington weather on Saturday by heading out to the golf course, his first visit to the links since across-the-board sequester cuts took effect on March 1.
On the day before Easter, Obama trekked over to Andrews Air Force Base for a round with Marty Nesbitt, Michael Brush and Marvin Nicholson on an afternoon with temperatures nearing a spring-like 60 degrees, according to a White House pool report.
Nesbitt is a Chicago businessman and one of Obama’s best friends.
The president’s regular golf outings became a target for congressional Republicans who urged him to drop his trips as lawmakers and departments sought to cut back on spending amid the $85 billion in automatic cuts. The calls intensified after the White House decided to cancel its tours, citing the sequester.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) earlier this month had filed an amendment to the 2013 continuing spending resolution that would have prohibited the government from spending money on taking Obama to and from a golf course until the White House tours resumed.