Obama mourns golf legend Arnold Palmer

Obama mourns golf legend Arnold Palmer

President Obama on Monday mourned the death of golfing legend Arnold Palmer, calling him “the American Dream come to life.”

Obama noted how Palmer became golf’s first superstar while maintaining his everyman appeal, never forgetting his western Pennsylvania roots.


“With his homemade swing and homespun charm, Arnold Palmer had swagger before we had a name for it,” Obama said. “Today, Michelle and I stand with Arnie’s Army in saluting the King.”

Palmer, 87, died Sunday of complications from heart problems. The golfer, who was nicknamed “The King,” won seven major championships during a professional career that spanned six decades. 

He met five presidents dating back to Dwight Eisenhower. Obama, who is an avid golfer, tweeted a picture of himself late Sunday putting in the Oval Office as Palmer looked on. 

“Here's to The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others,” he tweeted. “Thanks for the memories, Arnold.”