Golf Is not Life

Frank Lloyd Wright, Teddy Roosevelt, and Arnold Palmer each were transformative in their own ways.

About this site: Golf As God Gave It To Us

This will be a repeating feature, to keep life and golf in perspective.  It will always be humorous and nothing more will be said.  We’re all lucky to be playing golf.  Laugh a little, or a lot, while doing it.  Make some friends.  Enjoy the beauty of the course and the day. Be happy. No one will remember that bad shot next week, but they’ll remember that you were out there playing together.

Answer Key to Your Golf-Presidential History Quiz

This is the answer to the second and third questions from the American History Exam, regarding Orville Moody and Arnold Palmer, which you can take here.

Teddy Roosevelt had a good sense of humor

President Taft needed a special bath tub . . .

Question 2:  Arnold Palmer is most like which American President?

Answer:  John Kennedy edged out Andrew Jackson in the voting, while Ulysses S. Grant and Teddy Roosevelt tied with about 20 percent of the vote each.  Rumor has it that Palmer was, between victories, something of a playboy.  Kennedy is therefore a reasonable choice.  In addition, both men had some charisma.  But Kennedy, other than the Cuban Missile Crisis, never accomplished anything as President, while Palmer won seven majors.  We have to give Palmer more credit than that.  Jackson is likewise a  good choice.  Jackson was something of a swashbuckling President.  He reportedly beat a man to an inch of his life with his walking cane and was a figure of mythic proportions in his day.  Palmer, however, re-made American golf in the television era.  He brought the crowds that he, Player, Trevino, Casper and Nicklaus would turn into advertising dollars.  Jackson’s image, like Kennedy’s, is not as august.  Jackson is also more of a Harry Vardon – closer to golf’s infancy.  Grant did win the Civil War for the North, but his Presidency was largely failed.  True, he was popular, but Lincoln re-made the country, not him.  This leaves Teddy Roosevelt – dashing in his own way, imaginative, and someone who brought America into the 20th Century.  That is Arnold Palmer.

Question 3:  Orville Moody is most like which American President?

Orville, God bless his heart, won the 1969 US Open and then disappeared.  Any overweight President would contend, but we are looking for a thoughtful answer.  John Adams had a more distinguished political career, from before the Revolutionary War on.  Grover Cleveland likewise was a two-term President.  Repeating as President, even if one does so after four years out of office, is no mean feat.  Moody had no such luck.  That leaves Chester Arthur Alan and William Howard Taft.  True, both were rotund and held office for only one term.  But Alan is the one who disappeared from view.  Taft, it turns out, has the resume of a life time.  He was a governor, a US Senator, Vice President, President, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  Except in the bathtub, it’d be hard to confuse Orville’s accomplishment with Taft’s.  Chester Arthur Alan is Orville Moody.

Bonus Question:  Have more Presidents been re-elected or more golfers won consecutive US Opens?

M. Huckster
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