WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is playing golf on Saturday at the south suburban Olympia Fields Country Club after spending the night at his South Side Chicago home.
Obama often plays golf on the weekends. His golfing partners are Alan Solow, Rod Goldstein and Tom Karsotis, the Shinola founder.
Solow goes back with Obama to his state Senate days. A former Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Solow flew to Israel with Obama last week on Air Force One to attend the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Solow was supposed to play golf with Obama last Saturday at a Washington area course, but the game was rained out.
Obama arrived in Chicago on Friday and remains until Sunday, a rare weekend back.
He has no official business on his Saturday schedule but a president is always on call. On Saturday morning, from his home at 5046 S. Greenwood Ave., he was monitoring Hurricane Matthew damage, according to Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz.
Schultz said Obama spoke Saturday to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate for the latest on the storm.
“In order to hear directly from officials on the ground feeling the impact of Matthew, the President also spoke separately this morning with Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina, and Governor Rick Scott of Florida. The President committed to providing federal support to help these states respond to the storm’s impact. The President has already declared emergencies in each of these four states and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local response effort,” Schultz said in a statement.
According to the pool report, Obama’s motorcade arrived at the country club at 10:43 a.m.
The club hosted the 2013 U.S. Open. The 2017 KPMG PGA Women’s Championship will be played at the club.
Obama is in Chicago to headline three fundraisers and hold meetings with friends and supporters of his Obama Foundation, which is overseeing the planning and development of his Obama Center, the museum and library to be built in Jackson Park.
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