For the duration of last year’s presidential election campaign, one of Joe Biden’s strongest arguments to voters was that he wasn’t Donald Trump.
After enticing within the favourite pastime of the “conventional guy” with the first day commute to a golf direction of his presidency on Saturday, he finds that he still isn’t.
“The direction record was still intact,” Biden quipped to reporters after an interestingly underwhelming round with an adviser, Steve Ricchetti, and his leisurely son Beau’s father-in-regulation Ron Olivere at the Wilmington nation club in Delaware.
In contrast to the golf-loving Trump, whose frequent trips to the fairways at some stage in his only term in teach of labor have faith been matched only by his over-exaggerations and flat-out lies about his achievements, Biden has by no way professed to be an avid follower or prolific participant of the sport.
He and his wife Jill have faith been members of the club in his teach of starting up since 2014, in accordance to the Wilmington Current Journal, and was reported by 2016 to have faith completed a 10 handicap.
But within the identical year, as Trump was running for teach of labor and Biden was mulling his luxuriate in political future, he instructed the then Irish high minister Enda Kenny: “Will have faith to that it is most likely you’ll perhaps perhaps presumably resolve to resolve your handicap in golf don’t bustle for president.”
For the duration of an moderate round with Kenny at the taoiseach’s home direction at Castlebar, County Mayo, Biden was asked how his golf sport was going. “Happily politics is going higher,” the then US vice-president replied.
Since then, Biden has been extra of an occasional participant, and till Saturday had no longer visited a golf direction since his inauguration on 20 January.
By this stage of his luxuriate in presidency, Trump had already recorded 19 separate visits to golf packages, largely at resorts he owned, such as Trump International in West Palm Sea coast, Florida, and the Trump National direction in Potomac, Virginia, in accordance to the online teach trumpgolfcount.com.
After promising voters he would be too busy to play, Trump racked up some 300 rounds of golf in 150 visits at some stage within the four years of his administration, costing taxpayers nearly $146m, the online teach estimated.
Trump, meanwhile, was a fierce critic of the golfing habits of Obama, one other president with a fondness for the sport, and who admitted in 2016 to “an honest 13” as a handicap. Trump, who claims a 2.8 handicap, attacked Obama about golf at least 27 times on Twitter, in accordance to the sports weblog SBNation.
A CNN fact check last year, then once more, realized Trump had conducted a long way extra assuredly than his predecessor, along side on Memorial Day weekend as coronavirus deaths within the US approached 100,000.