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Obama kicks off birthday weekend golfing with pals

August 2, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama started his birthday weekend with a round of golf before escaping to the Maryland mountains.

Obama turns 53 on Monday. In what’s become an annual birthday tradition, he joined friends on the green for an early morning round at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland, where the clouds threatening rain held off long enough for the president to get in 18 holes.

Rounding out his foursome three longtime friends dating back to Obama’s childhood in Hawaii —Mike Ramos, Bobby Titcomb and Greg Orme — the White House said.

Obama later flew to Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains.

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