President Obama Saturday offered condolences to the Saudis on the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abd al-Aziz – while playing golf with three junior aides. The crown prince, who was considered the heir apparent to Saudi King Abdullah, died Saturday in New York.
At 11:42 am Saturday, White House press pooler Christi Parsons of the Los Angeles Times sent out word that Obama had already arrived at the Andrews Air Force Base golf course. Nearly half an hour later, at 12:11 pm, the White House sent out a statement by Obama on the Saudi prince’s death.
It was with great regret that I learned of the passing of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abd al-Aziz of Saudi Arabia . . . On behalf of the American people, I extend my deepest condolences to King Abdullah, the royal family, and the people of Saudi Arabia.
Saturday marked the 27th time Obama has been golfing this year. It was the 85th outing of his presidency.