Michael Jordan may think Barack Obama is a great politician, but he believes the leader of the free world is a hack when it comes to the golf course.
In an interview with sportscaster Ahmad Rashad for Back9, Jordan said he would love to hit the links with the president in his dream foursome, but quickly changed course and blasted Obama’s golf abilities.
When asked about his dream golf group, Michael Jordan said he would first pick golf legend Arnold Palmer. Next up was Obama — at least until Jordan remembered how well Barack can golf.
“I’ve never played with Obama, but I would,’ Jordan said in the interview. “But no — that’s OK — I’d take him out. He’s a hack. I’d be there all day playing with him.”
Ahmad Rashad tried to give Jordan a chance to backtrack the comments.
“Do you really want to say that?” Rashad asked. “He’s the President of the United States — he’s a hack?”
But Michael Jordan only doubled down on his Obama golf criticism.
“I never said he wasn’t a great politician,” Jordan added. “I’m just saying he’s a s***ty golfer.”
While Jordan may be arguably the best basketball player of all time, his personal skills leave much to be desired. The NBA Hall of Famer has a reputation as bit difficult to deal with. Even longtime friend Charles Barkley said the two had a falling out over Jordan’s inability to take criticism.
“I think that Michael was upset by some of the things I said about the Bobcats,” Barkley told Yahoo Sports’ Graham Bensinger. “Which, No.1, they were true. I can’t — you know, I told you earlier; I’m going to be honest, and I’m going to be fair. And the Bobcats — first of all, he’s doing a much better job. But a couple years ago — I want say three years ago — when they were vying for the worst record in NBA history, Michael had not done a good job. He took it personally.”
While Michael Jordan may not be too high on his abilities, Barack Obama is actually a seasoned golfer. He’s played an estimated 200 rounds of golf since taking office, which is actually just a shade below Tiger Woods for the same time frame. The Daily Caller even calculated that Obama has spent more time golfing than he has listening to daily intelligence briefings.