- The Washington Times - Monday, September 23, 2013

Former President George W. Bush hit back at conservatives who criticize President Obama for his frequent golf outings, saying it’s good for the leader of the free world to have some down time every once in a while.

“I see our president criticized for playing golf. I don’t. I think he ought to play golf,” the 67-year-old Republican told Jimmy Roberts, host of the Golf Channel’s “In Play.”

“Why’s that?” Mr. Roberts asked.

“Because I know what it’s like to be in the bubble,” Mr. Bush answered. “I know the pressures of the job, and to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president. It does give you an outlet.”

“I think it’s good for the president to be out playing golf,” he concluded, agreeing that it’s a good release of stress.

Mr. Bush quit playing golf in the public eye shortly after invading Iraq.

“I don’t want some mom, whose son may have recently died, to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said in an interview at the time.

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