This summer, President Obama (estimated handicap: 17) is losing a regular golfing partner: White House staffer Ben Finkenbinder is returning to Chicago to work on the reelection campaign. Never heard of him? The First Duffer’s preferred foursome is filled out by lower-level administration staffers, people not known much beyond the Andrews Air Force Base links.
Day Job: Assistant White House press secretary—a.k.a. press “wrangler,” who gathers reporters for events and trips
Parents: Son of David Finkenbinder, former executive vice president of the National Mining Association
Alma Mater: Macalester College
2004 Campaign Role: Knocked on Minnesota doors for John Kerry ’04.
Handicap (According to Golf Digest): 7
Golf Background: Played in college.
Fun Fact: On the ’08 presidential campaign, he arrived by 3 each morning to begin compiling news clips.
Day Job: Now White House senior policy adviser for manufacturing; formerly energy-efficiency adviser to Energy Secretary Steven Chu
Parents: Son of Lucinda Lee Katz, former director of University of Chicago Laboratory School, which Obama’s daughters attended pre–White House
Alma Mater: University of Michigan; Stanford (MBA)
2004 Campaign Role: Was Obama’s campaign photographer beginning with his US Senate run.
Handicap (According to Golf Digest): 1.8
Fun Fact: On election night 2008, Katz released 82 behind-the-scenes photos of the Obama family on Flickr.