Updated at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 2015
President Barack Obama played golf Sunday at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, a day after a multicity series of political fundraising from San Francisco and down the Golden State.
The president arrived at the municipal golf course at 12:15 p.m. with his friends, Darrell Harrington and Mike Ramos.
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He wanted to know if his Cubs had won their game with the Cardinals. (They had, 6-3). He was interested in San Diego’s fight to keep the Chargers.
Just guy talk between the Leader of the Free World and a Democratic member of Congress.
President Barack Obama arrived about 7:50 p.m. Saturday at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for a scheduled two-day rest break in Rancho Santa Fe at the end of a West Coast swing.
“He’ll probably play some golf and spend some time relaxing,” Rep. Scott Peters told reporters after a half-hour chat with Obama on Air Force One, but didn’t know which course the president would use.
Peters said they covered serious topics as well, including Syria and the Middle East in general — and resurrecting efforts at gun control.
On Friday, the president went to Roseburg, Oregon, the site of last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in which nine people were killed and nine others wounded. His itinerary also included stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles for political fundraisers.
Contrary to earlier reports, the first lady didn’t accompany the president. (She was christening the Navy submarine Illinois at a Connecticut shipyard.)
Peters said he told Obama about the challenges San Diego had in trying to keep the Chargers. “I told him that was on people’s minds,” he said. “[The president] was interested in that.”
“I couldn’t get him to do an executive order or provide any funding,” joked Peters, who was with Obama on and off all day.
“He asked about the Padres, and said he was sorry that they were eliminated” before the playoffs, Peters said after Obama left the base with a motorcade toward the Rancho Valencia resort in Rancho Santa Fe, where he would stay.
The Democrats also talked military issues, including the Navy “leading the charge on renewables.”
Peters noted how Obama had been criticized earlier in his tenure about a failure to cozy up to lawmakers, but “he’s made a real effort to reach out and get to know some of us in Congress.”
At an earlier event in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles County, Obama singled out Peters, saying he was “one of the finest members of Congress,” and praising Peters’ votes on trade and equal pay.
Obama is set to depart Monday afternoon aboard Air Force One.
The president’s last San Diego visit was in May 2014, when he attended a fundraiser at the home of former Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs.
— City News Service contributed to this report.
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