Whenever a White House makes it easy to photograph a president doing something, the first question is always, "Why this?"
Most of the scores of times President Obama has gone golfing with aides and pals, the media pool is kept waiting out of camera range in a food court.
Some silly people have suggested that instead of staying secluded with well-paid staff who already like him, the aloof Obama could put such recreational buddy-buddy time to good political use by issuing prestigious presidential invites to a variety of people to come along and get to know each other better. And, who knows, maybe let them lift a presidential golf ball or towel.
Remember, Obama tried this one time last summer with House Speaker John A. Boehner.
It's the sort of social networking regularly used to cement friendships and sales in private business, about which, to use Mitt Romney's colorful phrase, Obama is "clueless."
Saturday, surprisingly, the pool media representatives were ushered to a convenient green just in time to catch two famous guys putting out.
In this photo above, the successful husband of secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is obviously explaining to the struggling Obama how a capitalist society works.
It's the economy, stupid.
Bill Clinton, who's publicly disagreed with a few Obama ideas like raising taxes at this time, is the only Democrat elected to two White House terms in three-quarters of a century. Next year, Obama would like to become the second. At the moment, the odds of success aren't looking too good.
Hence, the Obama White House's willingness to show the beleaguered No. 44 seeking advice from the far more popular No. 42.
Feel better now?
-- Andrew Malcolm
Top photo: Former President Bill Clinton golfing with President Obama. Credit: Chris Kleponis / Bloomberg. Bottom photo: Obama signature golf balls. Credit: Associated Press