As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

This Soldier Gave Up The Use of His Legs, I Gave Up Golf. Even Trade

The President of the United States knows from sacrifice. While sending off thousands of soldiers to die for his mistake, he didn't just keep on his daily routine and remove those men and women from his thoughts. He stopped golfing.

For the first time, Bush revealed a personal way in which he has tried to acknowledge the sacrifice of soldiers and their families: He has given up golf.

“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.”

If anything says "solidarity with men and women who are dying for your ego," it's giving up occasional leisure activities - while keeping up with other leisure activities like farting around Crawford on vacation so many times he set a record for Presidents.

Maybe it was this cringe-worthy moment from Fahrenheit 9/11 that led him to quit cold turkey.

Or maybe it was that he couldn't come up with anything that suggested he gave a second thought for the sacrifice of the military, and so he made up the whole thing, considering that his renouncing of golf times perfectly with a well-documented knee injury he incurred in 2003.

(Incidentally, Mike Allen from the Politico brought up Bush's giving up golf first in the interview, so he was fed it by some PR lackey on the Bush team and he thought it was so powerful and insightful that he had to highlight it. And people wonder why we consider some media members stenographers.)

It's an unbelievable statement, but considering that the President is making just the kind of moves that allow Democrats to win House races in the whitest parts of Mississippi, I say - keep talkin'!

UPDATE: It also happens to be untrue - the claim was that he gave up golf in August '03, yet there's documentary evidence of a golf game in October.

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