Obama plays first round of golf since sequester budget cuts took effect

President Obama took advantage of mild Washington weather on Saturday by heading out to the golf course, his first visit to the links since across-the-board sequester cuts took effect on March 1.

On the day before Easter, Obama trekked over to Andrews Air Force Base for a round with Marty Nesbitt, Michael Brush and Marvin Nicholson on an afternoon with temperatures nearing a spring-like 60 degrees, according to a White House pool report.

Nesbitt is a Chicago businessman and one of Obama's best friends.

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The president’s regular golf outings became a target for congressional Republicans who urged him to drop his trips as lawmakers and departments sought to cut back on spending amid the $85 billion in automatic cuts. The calls intensified after the White House decided to cancel its tours, citing the sequester.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) earlier this month had filed an amendment to the 2013 continuing spending resolution that would have prohibited the government from spending money on taking Obama to and from a golf course until the White House tours resumed.


Saturday's golf outing lacks the celebrity of Obama's last foray on the links, when he played with Tiger Woods in February.

The world's top golfer got in 18 holes during Obama's quick trip to Florida over the Presidents Day holiday last month.

The weather hasn't exactly been conducive to golf, with snow and cold temperatures dominating March in the Washington region.

As the foursome works its way around the greens, the White House is being decked out for the annual Easter egg roll set for Monday.