Citing the isolation of the presidency, former President George W. Bush says President Barack Obama should keep golfing, despite criticism from some corners.
"You know, I see our president criticized for playing golf," Bush told the Golf Channel in an interview that will air Tuesday night. "I don't - I think he ought to play golf. Because I know what it's like to be in the bubble. And 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."
Bush was no stranger to golfing during his presidency. Since leaving the White House, he has been largely reticent about his predecessor, steering away from criticism.
Bush didn't always feel even he should keep golfing as president. In 2008, Bush said he had stopped playing golf because of the Iraq war and the optics.
"I don't want some mom, whose son may have recently died, to see the commander in chief playing golf," he said.
First published September 24 2013, 8:50 AM