KAILUA, Hawaii — Basketball has always been President-elect Barack Obama's game. Over the course of the campaign, playing a game of basketball became Mr. Obama's election day ritual. But on his first full day in Hawaii, he picked up a different game — golf.
The president-elect played 18 holes Sunday with a few local friends and a staffer, Eugene Kang. Kang, a University of Michigan alum, has been playing golf since the age of ten and undoubtedly helped the president-elect's score. Around the 9th hole, Mr. Obama bumped into his traveling press corps hanging out by the snack bar.
Mr. Obama ordered a couple hot dogs and some other snacks before turning and waving to the press. He told the group of reporters following his every move to head up to the club house and put a few beers on his tab, no one took him up on the offer.
When asked how the game was going, Mr. Obama smiled and said, "I'm not that good."
"Gene though," Mr. Obama said, referring to staffer Kang. "He's got game."
Here are a few pictures from his trip to the golf course yesterday.
Here's a picture of Mr. Obama arriving at the course.
Mr. Obama practices on the driving range.
Mr. Obama smiles at the traveling press corps as he arrives to play. Behind him is Kang, a member of his staff.
Another picture of the president-elect and friends.