I saw this coming when they announced that Obama was coming to California on Thursday for some fundraisers:
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is spending this Father’s Day golfing in California with his high school buddies, while his wife and daughters are on a European tour.
Obama arrived in Palm Springs and headed straight for the course at the Sunnylands estate, which is closed to the public for the summer.
But a forecast high of 115 degrees wasn’t keeping Obama and childhood friends Bobby Titcomb, Greg Orme and Mike Ramos off the fairways.
Remember when Obama said his family was a top priority in his life? Yeah, it was bullshit.
“Closed to the public” doesn’t mean “closed”, it means “members only”. I guess presidents are honorary members.
But wait! There’s more!
President Obama will golf Saturday on a lush, green course in California, even as the state grapples with a drought of historic proportions. As in past golfing trips, this will likely raise more than a few eyebrows.
The golf industry is important to California’s economy, supporting over 128,000 jobs and accounting for $13.1 billion of economic activity, but it takes a lot of water to keep those greens and ponds looking pristine.
There are few places in the Golden State where that’s more apparent than the Coachella Valley, home of Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage; the lux oases nestled in the California desert where Obama will be staying.
Across the state, golf course consume less than 1% of the state’s water, but the 120-plus courses in Coachella Valley consume about 17 percent of the area’s water. In 2014, TIME’s Zeke Miller reported that “each of the 124 Coachella Valley courses, on average, uses nearly 1 million gallons a day due to the hot and dry climate, 3-4 times more water per day than the average American golf course.”
Obama will be playing golf at a man-made oasis in the desert during a statewide drought while the rest of us have to conserve water. Last week the city installed a water meter to my house. Instead of paying a flat rate I’ll get charged based on how much I use.
I already don’t flush the toilet when it’s only mellow yellow, and half the houses in this neighborhood have brown lawns. My lawn gets 15 minutes of sprinkler time twice a week. Half my back yard is bare dirt. I go the car wash instead of washing my car myself. I have a mandatory low-flow shower head and faucets. Farms and orchards around here are drying up and dying.
Meanwhile, the golf courses of the rich and shameless in Coachella Valley use 124 MILLION gallons of water a day. Now that is what I call privilege.