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Barack Obama enjoys round of golf with actor Don Cheadle in LA

Forty-fore! Barack Obama enjoys round of golf with actor Don Cheadle and ex-White House staffer Michael Brush in LA while wearing custom glove and shoes emblazoned with his presidential number

  • Obama was spotted golfing on Tuesday with actor Don Cheadle in Los Angeles
  • Former White House staffer Michael Brush joined the golf outing last weekend
  • Obama sported custom gloves and shoes with 44, the number of his presidency 

Barack Obama has been spotting golfing with actor Don Cheadle, sporting custom shoes and a glove emblazoned with the number 44, commemorating his term as the 44th US president.

Cheadle is a frequent golfing buddy of the former president, and the duo were spotted on the links over the weekend in Los Angeles.

Joining the outing was Michael Brush, a faithful former White House staffer in the Obama administration, who currently works for Barack and Michelle Obama’s family office. 

Obama, who’s left-handed, was seen wearing a customized Titleist glove on his right hand, with 44 discreetly embroidered in red figures. The numerals were even more understated on his shoes, appearing on the white shoes in a barely visible gray.

Barack Obama has been spotting golfing with actor Don Cheadle (right) over the weekend

Obama sported custom shoes and a glove emblazoned with the number 44, commemorating his term as the 44th US president

Obama, a lefty, was seen wearing a customized Titleist glove on his right hand, with 44 discreetly embroidered in red figures

Meanwhile, in an interview on Tuesday, Obama opened up about the degree of stress that the presidency up on his marriage, telling CBS ‘it sure helps to be out of the White House.’ 

Obama said he did not appreciate the degree of stress and tension his wife Michelle was under while raising their two daughters in the White House.

The former president’s comments come after Michelle candidly spoke out late last year and said she ‘couldn’t stand’ her husband for his eight years in high office, while their children Malia and Sacha were young.

Speaking to CBS about how he bounced back from his marital woes, Barack Obama said: ‘It sure helps to be about of the White House, and to have a little more time with her.

‘What also helps though, about children, Michelle when our girls were growing up that was priority one, two, three, and four.

‘And so I didn’t appreciate, as engaged as a father as I was, the degree of stress and tension for her.’

The numerals were even more understated on his shoes, appearing on the white shoes in a barely visible gray

Meanwhile, in an interview on Tuesday, Obama opened up about the degree of stress that the presidency up on his marriage


Obama enjoys a round of golf with actor Don Cheadle in Los Angeles

Joining the outing was Michael Brush (left), a faithful former White House staffer

Brush worked in the White House for the duration of Obama’s two terms, and currently works for Barack and Michelle Obama’s family office

‘Knowing that not just me and Michelle were under scrutiny and in this strange environment, but we were raising our daughters in a kind of situation that just wasn’t normal. 

‘Now that they’re doing good, she is a little more forgiving of my flaws.’ 

Barack said Michelle has since told him: ‘Looking back you did okay as a dad.’

He added: ‘And if I pass that test, she will forgive me most of my other foibles.’ 

For his part, Cheadle also recently spoke to EW about Secret Invasion, his upcoming Marvel series for Disney+, in which he’ll co-star alongside Samuel L. Jackson.

Coming out on June 21, the spy series stars Cheadle as Air Force hero James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes, and Jackson as gruff spymaster Nick Fury.

Cheadle told the outlet the series will have more of the feeling of a twisting Cold War espionage thriller than the usual bombastic battle scenes and special effects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Obama regularly enjoys a round of golf, and Cheadle is a frequent companion on the links

Obama warms up before driving from the tee on the recent golf outing

Cheadle (right) joined the outing as he gears up for the release of Secret Invasion, his new MCU series for Disney+ co-starring Samuel L. Jackson

‘It speaks to the elasticity of what the MCU can be,’ he said. ‘It’s not as much about the bells and whistles of big special effects. It’s more about the intrigue and drama, the espionage and double-crosses. And I still think it fits perfectly with what the MCU is able to do and pull off.’

Cheadle also said that the series will help set up the upcoming MCU film Armor Wars, a planned standalone film centered on Rhodey, the superhero also known as War Machine.

‘The fun part about it is that we’re going to continue to explore Rhodey and — in some ways for the first time — get to see what makes him tick,’ Cheadle explains. 

‘We understand his physical challenges, but we haven’t really yet dug into a lot of his emotional and psychological [challenges].’ 

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