Obama hits the links as spring blossoms

President Obama is taking advantage of a crisp and bright spring Saturday with a round of golf, according to the White House.

The outing comes on a relatively quiet day in Washington, as the world watches a crucial election unfold in Afghanistan and the search for vanished Malaysia Airlines flight 370 heats up in the southern Indian Ocean.

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Joining the president for the round are regular golfing partners Joe Paulsen and Marvin Nicholson, according to a White House pool report. The group arrived early Saturday afternoon at Andrews Air Force Base.

The weather this week has been less than cooperative of late for the "duffer-in-chief," but winter’s gloom appeared to be lifting in the capital, where cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom.