Obama has golfed with elected officials 10 times during presidency

President Obama’s golf outing Thursday with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was the first time he has hit the links with a foreign leader and only the tenth time he has done so with another elected official. 

According to an analysis by Time Magazine, Obama has played golf 160 times during his presidency, including eight outings while on his vacation trip in Hawaii. 

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But most of those trips are undertaken with friends and personal aides. Thursday’s outing included Key, his son Max and White House aide Marvin Nicholson. 

It was the 117th time Nicholson has hit with Obama during his presidency. 

Aside from Vice President Biden — with whom Obama has played golf six times — only seven other elected officials have shared the greens with Obama. 

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) was the first to hit with Obama in 2010. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) also hit the links with the president in 2010. 

During fiscal-cliff negotiations in 2011, Obama invited House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) to golf with him and Biden. 

Last year, he invited Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on one outing. 

In a readout of the golf game with the New Zealand president, the White House said the two discussed security and trade issues. 

“While the two leaders are both enjoying some time off with their families and friends, they also reaffirmed our continued work together to deepen our trade relationship, enhance regional security, and support the democratic values that the United States and New Zealand share,” according to the readout. 

During his time as president, Obama had never golfed with a foreign elected official before Key. However, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave Obama an $8,000 Hermes golf bag in 2011, according to the State Department’s list of foreign gifts.