obama (golf)*Some would say the prez has had a hard week. A very hard week of dealing with scandals. Real and manufactured.

Maybe so, and maybe not. Either way, President Obama decided he need some time on the links. So Saturday he and 3 associates, including a female for the first time, put in some time on the golf course.

The president’s crew with him on the course at Andrews Air Force Base was Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and Let’s Move! and nutrition policy advisor Sam Kass.

Mr. Obama has been seen at the golf course frequently this spring, but until today always with male golfing partners. Sebelius  is the first woman to join the president on the golf course this year.

The president’s golf outing comes after the White House spent a week dealing with a series of political scandals, from the IRS targeting conservative groups seeking tax exempt status for extra scrutiny, to the administration’s release of a trove of e-mails about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year, to the Department of Justice obtaining phone records of Associated Press reporters.