Well, this is an interesting way to say “congratulations.”
President Obama’s golf plans putted a wedding between two Army captains right off Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course Sunday, as reports Bloomberg.
Natalie Heimel and fiancé Edward Mallue Jr. were scheduled to marry at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii golf course Sunday. Unfortunately, the couple was informed during their wedding rehearsal Saturday — just one day before the ceremony — that they would have to move their wedding because Obama wanted to play golf.
And, not only did the president interfere with their big day, he also declined to attend the ceremony after the two sent him an invitation. Oddly enough, the couple received Obama’s reply just hours before they were told to relocate their wedding.
The sister of the groom, Jamie McCarthy, spoke to Bloomberg about the incident.
“It was kind of ironic they got the letter from them and then, within hours, they were told they had to be moved due to him,” McCarthy admitted. “It was emotional, especially for her — she’s the bride and in less than 24 hours they had to change everything they had planned.”
However, Naile Brennan, who manages the company that planned the wedding logistics, insisted that individuals holding events at the golf course are always alerted to the fact that things can change when the president comes to town.
Brennan explained that Heimel and Mallue had multiple choices for their relocation and settled on a lawn that overlooks a view near the 16th hole of the golf course.
“It’s much prettier and much nicer venue unless you’re an avid golfer,” added Brennan of the new location. “It’s more secluded and there are no golfers yelling, ‘Fore!'”
Mallue himself is indeed an avid golfer.
Alas, President Obama didn’t completely forget to pack his manners on vacation. After Bloomberg asked the White House about the incident, Obama phoned the bride.
“He apologized and congratulated them,” McCarthy said of what she insisted was a “wonderful talk.”
“We were all there, it was perfect,” she added. “Made their day.”
Undoubtedly, the president was attempting to do some damage control. After all, he wouldn’t want another one of these: