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"I Gave Up Golf" for the Troops

Well, you know I was going to post this story here. It is impossible to resist. As sad, as it is funny.

But it captures perfectly the frustration and disappointment I feel towards this president. He just seems totally disconnected from reality, living in his own little world. The comparison I would make would be to when his father was president in 1991 and he visited a grocery story and expressed wonder at how the cash register worked. He took a lot of grief for that from the press and the public because it showed how much 41 had fallen out of touch.

I don’t wish to rehash the war once again, but one of my major frustrations has been that Bush has fought this war on the cheap and that we as a nation were never asked to sacrifice, largely because the president lacked the courage to have us sacrifice. We just go about our daily lives as if nothing is happening overseas. We are not a nation at war and the blame for that goes into the White House.

So here’s the story. It is so typical of this White House. Why should we be surprised? Less than a year to go. Hope we make it.

“As violence in Iraq continues — clashes today left 11 dead and 19 injured — President Bush has for the first time revealed the great sacrifice he’s made for the sake of our soldiers: he’s given up golf.

From an interview with Politico and Yahoo News:

“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”

Bush said he made that decision after the August 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, which killed Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top U.N. official in Iraq and the organization’s high commissioner for human rights.

“I remember when de Mello, who was at the U.N., got killed in Baghdad as a result of these murderers taking this good man’s life,” he said. “I was playing golf — I think I was in central Texas — and they pulled me off the golf course and I said, ‘It’s just not worth it anymore to do.'”

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