The RNC was gracious enough to provide me with the official stats on how much Obama has golfed and fundraised since he’s been president and it’s a lot:
181 games of golf and 394 fundraisers, and that doesn’t count the fundraisers happening this week.
I don’t have comparative statistics on golfing, however we do know that George W. Bush wasn’t allowed to golf much by the press because we were in a time of war. Of course that hasn’t stopped this president.
In terms of fundraising, we have the Washington Post to thank for a few more details:
In his first term, Obama attended more fundraising events than any other president in recent history. According to author Brendan J. Doherty, from 2008 to 2012 Obama went to 321 events, compared to just 80 for Ronald Reagan. And, as the chart below shows, he’s done 72 events in his second term – 34 this year alone. So far, he’s ahead of the pace of George W. Bush, who had been to 30 events at this point in 2006. In his two presidential terms combined, Bush hosted 318 fundraisers. Obama has already smashed that number with 393 events to date.
Of course they also note that Bill Clinton is the record holder with 638 fundraisers in total for 8 years. However, the world was very different back in the 90s as the economy was booming and America was prospering and the world a lot quieter, quite different than now. But something tells me with 2014/2016 coming up soon, Obama’s total number will likely rival that of Bill Clinton, if not surpass it.