Did Obama Complain About Missing Golf on the 4th of July?

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As posted on Facebook, July 5, 2013:

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch the fireworks
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch the fireworks over the National Mall from the White House on July 4, 2009. (The Official White House Photostream/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Description: Fake News/Satire

Circulating Since: July 2013

Status: FALSE (see details below)

Example

As posted on Facebook, July 5, 2013:

Obama on 4th of July: "I can’t believe I have to miss a good day of golf for this crap!"

by Michael Madshack, DP Assistant Editor

Thursday, July 4th, 2013,

(WASHINGTON) — A "hot mic" has apparently picked up some very unflattering words from President Obama this Fourth of July, and may plunge him deeper into some very hot water.

"Hot" or "open mics" frequently catch public figures unknowingly expressing their true feelings, usually with colorful language (prime example: in 2000, then presidential candidate George W. Bush was caught complaining to vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney that a reporter covering their campaign was a "major league asshole"). However Obama’s "slip" while exiting the balcony of the White House after his fifth Independence Day address may well exceed the average "hot mic faux pas."

The smaller of Obama's two microphones, which was clipped inches below Obama's shirt collar, was supposed to have been turned off immediately after his closing remarks to guests and reporters on the White House lawn. But the microphone remained "hot," catching the President muttering: "God, this holiday sucks! All this national pride shit get's on my nerves."

Analysis

This never happened. The article is a spoof. The source of the article, a fake news site called DuhProgressive.com, openly compares itself to The Onion and features the following disclaimer at the bottom of every page:

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The full text of President Obama's actual 2013 July 4th address doesn't mention golf whatsoever. However, he did play some holes the following day.