By happenstance, President Obama spent the federal holiday honoring his office by hitting the greens at a golf course frequented by past presidents.
Mr. Obama hit the links on Monday at Sunnylands Golf Course in Palm Springs with his buddies Bobby Titcomb, Greg Orme and Michael Ramos.
This is the second time he has played the course since he arrived in California on Friday for a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the Rancho Mirage estate owned by the Annenberg family.
The double-looping, nine-hole course was built in the 1960s. Republicans Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan have teed it up there over the years.
Mr. Nixon, who lived at the Annenberg Estate after his resignation, gave the family a magnolia tree in 1972 that is planted on the seventh hole.
Mr. Reagan had a regular New Year’s Eve game for several years with his Secretary of State George Shultz at Sunnylands.
Mr. Obama’s round Monday is No. 162 of his five-year presidency.
He is showing the nation that taking the day off from school and work to honor the presidency means nothing more than playing a round of golf out of view of the public.
Emily Miller is senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times and author of“Emily Gets Her Gun” (Regnery, 2013).