Obama golfs with boyhood friend who was arrested for soliciting prostitute

Rick Moran
Prostitution may be a "victimless" crime but can we ask how seemly it is for the president of the United States to be out golfing with a convicted "john?"

The Hill:

President Obama golfed on Monday with his long-time friend Robert Titcomb, who in May plead no contest to soliciting a prostitute, according to the White House pool report.

"The president's fourball at the Mamala Bay Golf Course includes his long-time friend Robert "Bobby" Titcomb who was arrested and plead no contest in May to soliciting a prostitute, Marvin Nicholson, and White House advance man Pete Selfridge," the report read.

In April, Titcomb was arrested in Honolulu and charged with a misdemeanor for soliciting a prostitute after he approached an undercover police officer. Titcomb's attorney, William Harrison, said at the time that Titcomb did not fully agree with the facts of the case, but plead no contest because he wanted to take responsibility.

He was fined $500 and the conviction was expunged from his record in October, following six months without further incident.

Titcomb is a boyhood friend so it's really not that big of a deal - except it reveals a tone deafness on the president's part that he would make a very public appearance with the guy. Having him up for drinks at the White House residence is one thing. Announcing his appearance during a public event is quite another.

"Unseemly" is how this struck me.



Prostitution may be a "victimless" crime but can we ask how seemly it is for the president of the United States to be out golfing with a convicted "john?"

The Hill:

President Obama golfed on Monday with his long-time friend Robert Titcomb, who in May plead no contest to soliciting a prostitute, according to the White House pool report.

"The president's fourball at the Mamala Bay Golf Course includes his long-time friend Robert "Bobby" Titcomb who was arrested and plead no contest in May to soliciting a prostitute, Marvin Nicholson, and White House advance man Pete Selfridge," the report read.

In April, Titcomb was arrested in Honolulu and charged with a misdemeanor for soliciting a prostitute after he approached an undercover police officer. Titcomb's attorney, William Harrison, said at the time that Titcomb did not fully agree with the facts of the case, but plead no contest because he wanted to take responsibility.

He was fined $500 and the conviction was expunged from his record in October, following six months without further incident.

Titcomb is a boyhood friend so it's really not that big of a deal - except it reveals a tone deafness on the president's part that he would make a very public appearance with the guy. Having him up for drinks at the White House residence is one thing. Announcing his appearance during a public event is quite another.

"Unseemly" is how this struck me.