Craig Bestrom, Golf Digest, intervjuade Bill Clintion med anledning av tidskriftens tema ”Golfers Who Give Back” – golfare som engagerar sig och ger till behjärtansvärda ändamål.
Q: President Bush (43) said it was inappropriate for him to play golf while those in our armed forces were risking their lives overseas, and President Obama has been criticized for playing too much golf. How do you feel about the president playing golf?
A: I never feel bad when I see a president on a golf course. Presidents need to rest their minds, not just their bodies. They need the exercise, the fresh air. And they need to do something that, literally, takes them away from what they’re doing. The day I played with President Obama, I’d had about three hours’ sleep, and I was so exhausted I could barely stand up. But when the president calls and asks you to play golf, you show up.
Q: Who won?
A: He actually beat me by a stroke that day. Normally he wouldn’t because I’ve been playing so much longer than he has, but he did pretty well that day, even though he’s prone to scoop it a little bit instead of hit down to it. The skills that make him good on a basketball court, the fact he’s long, wiry and fit, give him a nice swing. When he leaves the White House, he could be down in the single digits if he wants.
Övrigt: Tidskriftsomslaget är Golf Digest, december 2012. Fotot på Clinton (och tre andra kändisar) togs av Walter Iooss Jr.