Wednesday, May 14, 2008

such a sacrifice

This is perhaps the stupidest single thing I have ever heard de facto President George Bush say - and that's saying a lot. Bush told Politico that he quit playing golf out of solidarity with the families of our people being killed in Iraq. I am not making this up. He said, "I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal." At last, America has made a sacrifice in the Happy Happy Joy Joy War in Iraq - Bush's golf clubs are rusting in some dark corner of the White House.

Hell, let's take it one step further: why do golfers (at least those who have golfed since March of 2003) hate America? I hate golf - I can almost agree with Bush on this one!

Bush actually said he was playing golf back in 2003 when he got a phone call from Condi Rice with news of the bombing of the UN compound in Baghdad, which killed a bunch of people including UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. Good thing for the sake of his marriage he wasn't engaged in marital relations with Laura.

All joking aside - how utterly incredibly shallow this is. Not playing golf won't help anybody. If he wants to show solidarity, he could consider going to even one funeral of an American servicemember killed in Iraq.

Presidential historian Robert Dallek put it well: "That's his idea of sacrifice, to give up golf?"

Yes. That is the soul of George W. Bush. (Oh - and I'm waiting for a medical leak that Bush had to actually give up golf because of a knee problem...)

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