Michael Jordan is dead wrong about Barack Obama's golf game ... with several sources telling TMZ Sports that the top man's skills are far better that the "sh**ty" rating MJ gave him.
His Airness spewed the trash-talk during an interview with Ahmad Rashad's Back9Network -- where he called Obama a "hack" and described the Prez's golf game as "sh**ty."
Well, we did some digging -- calling dozens of golf courses in states where Obama has played, and it turns out Barry ain't too bad ... turning in scores between 80 and 100 consistently.
Here are some of the reviews ...
Virginia: "He plays anywhere in the 80s on average. He's not horrible, but he certainly can't keep up with the best."
Maryland: "Our course is a little harder than the average one, and he hasn't ever broken 100 here. He's pretty awesome, though, to staff and visitors when he comes by -- a perfect politician."
Hawaii: "When he first started golfing, it was pretty rough. Surprisingly, though -- he's gotten significantly better. It's hit or miss with him, but he's around average. You have to give him credit, though ... it's a lot of pressure to have everyone watching "
Bottom line -- Obama's not the greatest golfer in the world ... but he ain't exactly crap, either.
Hey, Mr. President
... 'Memba Me? Harvard?
10/30/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michelle Obama Can Make Me Do New Things
10/29/2014 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Jon will do something he's never done before ... but only if Michelle Obama tells him to.
The rapper blew into LAX Wednesday and made it clear ... it was the highest honor that the First Lady parodied his song "Turn Down for What" into "Turnip for What?"
Turns out The White House gave him a heads up.
But what's real ... he'll venture into new territory ... but only IF Michelle gives the order.
Palin Family Fight
But Occifer, They Started It ...
Says Bombed Bristol
10/22/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sarah Palin's kids ain't afraid to throw down with anyone ... which they proved during a drunken house party brawl. Now we've got audio of Bristol Palin giving cops the blow-by-blow of the whole fight.
Extreme violence, thongs, even camouflage dresses -- yep ...definitely the MOST EPIC FIGHT ever!
My Presidential Candidate
Has a Chopper Filled with Coke!
10/22/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan says she has a good reason for supporting a presidential candidate in Brazil ... she says her "Brazilian contacts" like the guy -- a guy whose company owned a chopper filled with tons of coke.
Lindsay tweeted, "I support @aecioNeves, for presidential candidature. His platform brings positive changes in Brazil."
Lindsay took a beating for getting involved in anyone's politics for obvious reasons. But a source connected with LiLo tells TMZ, she's supporting the guy because "she has plenty of contacts there and has several business trips to the country." The source also says she has a "good contact" in Brazil who likes Neves a lot.
Here's what Lindsay's 8.5 million followers need to know. Neves owns a company that owns a helicopter that was seized by the federal police ... seized because it was carrying 4.5 TONS of cocaine.
It's unclear if Lindsay supports Neves because he's a good guy or just throws a good party.
Funny Thing About Protesters ...
10/21/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Palin Family Brawl
Bristol: He Called Me A C**t and A Slut!
10/21/2014 2:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bristol Palin hysterically told cops during the epic drunken Palin family brawl in Alaska last month ... that some guy knocked her down and called her a f**king c**t.
Bristol's conversation with cops outside the party near Anchorage was recorded by the officer and TMZ obtained a copy. During the convo ... Bristol explains the fight was triggered by an "old lady" who shoved her younger sister, Willow.
Listen carefully ... you can hear Sarah Palin in the background telling Bristol not to cuss during her statement.
As we reported ... police broke up the massive melee, but no one involved wanted to press charges.
Hail to Amal & the Future Chief?
10/21/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
After pulling off the wedding, George Clooney's next big hurdle could be winning political office. After all ... there's a theory that's why he got married anyway -- to nail down a proper First Lady.
We got the Cloons out to address politics and something even more important -- sushi in the Valley?
Haitian Prime Minister
Yeah, My GF's a Supermodel
And I'm Damn Proud Of It
10/10/2014 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Petra Nemcova is one of the most beautiful women in the world ... which makes Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe one of the luckiest men, and the guy's got no problem admitting it.
The supermodel went public with their relationship a few months ago -- which has to give Lamothe a huge leg up in meetings with other heads of state, right? We got the PM in Washington, DC on Thursday, and asked him if that's the case.
LL's no fool ... he played it like a good boyfriend should.
One tip for the Prime Minister, who was leaving the World Bank when we shot him. Next time bring Petra! Nerdy bankers melt for supermodels ... like most of us.
The Pricey Presence of His Company
10/10/2014 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
President Obama snapped pics, ate dinner and chitchatted with his Hollywood constituents Thursday ... but only if the price was right.
We got hold of the pricey menu at Gwyneth Paltrow's digs -- where people paid $32K for a full hangout with Obama.
Here's the price list for the various options:
- $1,000: You get on Gwyneth's lawn and get to hear the Prez.
- $2,500: A good seat on her lawn.
- $5,000: Includes a photo with the Prez.
- $15,000: A Prez pic AND you get to stay for dinner.
- $32,400: Talk time with the prez, your name on the invitation and all of the other perks.
Having a famous friend doesn't come cheap.
I Love to Golf with
10/10/2014 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Bolton is OBSESSED with golf -- and he's played with some of the most famous people on the planet -- but the singer tells TMZ Sports his favorite celeb to play with is Bill Clinton!!
Bolton's been a regular on the celeb golf circuit for years ... teeing off next to guys like Kevin Costner, Bill Murray Darius Rucker and more -- but MB insists the #1 guy is #42.
Michael usually plays with Bill at Clinton's annual Humana Challenge golf tournament near Palm Springs ... and reportedly has a 9 handicap.
As for Clinton, he's got a 10 handicap.
No wonder he enjoys playing with the Prez so much.
Celebrity Event Sullies Presidency
10/10/2014 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The idiocy of Hollywood was in full bloom Thursday night when Gwyneth Paltrow turned an already-embarrassing Hollywood fundraiser into "The Dating Game."
Paltrow -- who hosted the event at her Brentwood home -- gushed as she introduced President Obama, "You're so handsome that I can't speak properly."
She then showed utter ignorance about, and contempt for, the Constitution and separation of powers -- the basic tenets of our government -- by saying, "It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass."
It's the latest example of how demeaning it has become for Presidents to act like circus animals -- performing for crowds that will feed them ... in this case, feed them with money to line political coffers.
It's revolting that celebrities and other rich people feel such a need for self-importance -- contributing money but ONLY if they can have their picture taken with the president and tell their friends they had dinner with him. If they're so committed to him, just send him a check and let him stay in Washington and do his job.
Fact is ... it has little to do with Obama. It's about how the celebrity circus has sullied the Presidency of the United States.
Lets His Girlfriend Drive
His Two Million Dollar Car!
10/6/2014 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Arnold Schwarzenegger looked pretty calm for a guy sitting in the passenger seat ... while his girlfriend Heather Milligan was in the driver's seat of his custom Bugatti Veyron sports car over the weekend.
No biggie. It's only worth around $2,000,000.
That is love. And it's also why people have insurance. Lots of it.