Dennis Hastert, speaker of the House (R-IL): "Speak"Sen. Ever heard the old wives' tale about the word 'golf'?Even those who embrace the mantra, "Work smarter, not harder," are uncomfortable with the idea of leaving work early to meet up with colleagues or clients and essentially 'have fun.' Yet it's a fact that working smarter often means putting yourself in the right place with the right people.And that's exactly what golf provides - proximity and access.Supposedly it stands for "Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden."Of course it's not true.
Susan Reed, Editor in Chief of the magazine Golf for Women, observes: Women are just now learning what men have known for years: that golf may be the one of the best relationship-building tools there is - both for business and for pleasure.Women resist going out for the afternoon because they're generally too responsible, shortsightedly so.See Also: Funniest Bush Pictures Ever Karl Rove, deputy chief of staff: "Boy Genius" and "Turd Blossom"Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state: "Guru"Karen Hughes, adviser: "Lima Green Bean" and "High Prophet"Dick Cheney, vice president: "Big Time"Andrew Card, chief of staff: "Tangent Man"Vladimir Putin: "Pootie-Poot" and "Ostrich Legs"Tony Blair, British prime minister: "Landslide"Jean Chrétien, ex-Canadian prime minister: "Dino" (short for “Dinosaur”)Former President Bush: "41"Barbara Bush: "No. 1"First Lady Laura Bush: "Bushie" and "First"Donald Rumsfeld, defense secretary: "Rummy"Colin Powell, ex-secretary of state: "Baloonfoot"Michael Brown, ex-FEMA director: "Brownie"Paul O’Neill, ex-Treasury secretary: "Big O"George Tenet, ex-CIA director: "Brother George"Mitch Daniels, ex-budget director: "The Blade"Lawrence Lindsey, ex-economic adviser: "Thunderbolt"Michael Gerson, ex-speechwriter: "The Scribe"Rob Portman, budget director: "Robby Bobby"Rep. The majority of top-level executives play golf, and they do so for professional and personal advancement.