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Post-presidency, George W. Bush seems to be making up for lost time on the links, according to a story in Sunday’s New York Times, and has taken up the game again with a passion. Living in a relatively modest home in Dallas, albeit one with a putting green, he’s kept a similarly low profile in his public life, too, unless you happen to be a member at Brook Hollow Golf Glub or Las Colinas Country Club, where he likes to play early with anyone who’s around. One friend described him as a “golf-aholic”—a far cry from when he was in office and gave up the game during his first term out of deference to the troops. “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said at the time, but he told Golf Channel recently that he doesn’t hold President Obama’s 100-plus rounds in office against him. “I see our president criticized for playing golf. I think he ought to play golf. I know what it’s like to be in the bubble. 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.”

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