Obama goes golfing after Netanyahu bails on meeting

President Obama cut short his workday on Friday to play a round of golf. 
 
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Obama hit the links at Andrews Air Force Base with White House aides Joe Paulsen and Marvin Nicholson, both frequent golf partners of the president's.
 
It’s rare for the president to play golf during the workweek while he is in Washington. 
 
But White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president had some free time on his schedule due to the cancellation of a planned meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
 
Obama’s public schedule on Friday was completely bare, which is relatively uncommon. 
 
“Many of you will recall that this was the day that was originally marked on our calendar for Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit the White House,” Earnest told reporters when asked about Obama’s Friday activities. 
 
“So that typically is an event that requires quite a bit of time. So, just last week, the president’s schedule got a little more freed up.”
 
While many Americans skip out on work this week to watch the NCAA basketball tournament, Obama opted for the golf course instead.
 
There is rain in the forecast for Washington on Saturday, certainly not ideal weather to get in a final round of golf before he leaves Sunday for a five-day trip to Cuba and Argentina. 
 
The president has kept busy this week. On Wednesday, he announced the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. 
 
Earnest said Obama spent much of his day preparing for his Latin America visit.
 
He also received a briefing from counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco on the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, the Paris terror attack suspect, in Belgium and phoned Belgian and French leaders before heading to the course. 
 
Updated at 4:31 p.m.

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