No golf if Baghdad’s burning?
Annika’s on her way out, Sergio’s on his way back, but the week’s biggest golf story might be that President George W. Bush isn’t playing anymore.
Bush, a 15-handicap, told Politico magazine that he stopped playing in 2003 because he thought it looked inappropriate for him to be on the course while the country was at war. "I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal," he said in an interview for Yahoo! News and Politico magazine."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." A nice gesture by Bush, I thought. For people who don’t play, golf still conjures images of the idle rich—the people I play with are neither, or at least not rich—and Bush was being sensitive to appearances, which in his business can be everything. Other people I talked to thought it was a little ridiculous. If the president likes to play golf he shouldn’t feel guilty about it.
Still others think the idea that giving up golf constitutes a sacrifice is an insult to soldiers and their families. Speaking in The Telegraph (a UK paper), anti-war veteran Brandon Friedman said, “For President Bush to imply that he somehow stands in solidarity with families of American soldiers by giving up golf is disgraceful.”
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