07/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama: Golf Makes Me "Almost Feel Normal" (VIDEO)

In an interview CBS' "The Early Show" broadcast Tuesday Morning, President Obama told anchor Harry Smith that he enjoys golf because it helps him "almost feel normal ... you're out of the container ... It's as close as you're going to get to being outside of this place."


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Harry Smith, ANCHOR, THE EARLY SHOW: Golf. What does it do for you?

President Barack Obama: It is-- first of all, I'm terrible.

Harry Smith: I'm horrible. Worst thing I ever started. Best thing I've ever done.

Pres. Obama: It is the--. It is the only time that for 6 hours. First of all that I'm outside.

Harry Smith: uh huh, uh huh.

Pres. Obama: And second of all, where you almost feel normal. In the sense that you're not in a bubble. There are a whole bunch of secret service guys, but they're sort of in the woods.

Harry Smith: Uh huh. Uh huh.

Pres. Obama: And when you're up there in the--

Harry Smith: Uh huh.

Pres Obama: And you're hacking away, and hitting some terrible shot and your friends are laughing at you.

Harry Smith: Uh huh.

Pres. Obama: You know. It- It feels as if you know- you're-you're out of the container.

Harry Smith: Yeah.

Pres. Obama: And that's actually-. I realize now--It's as-- as close as you're going to get to being outside of this place.

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