On the President’s Abject Disconnect

Times of war are times of sacrifice.

In my grandparent’s generation — World War II — resources were rationed for the war effort. People from all walks of life gave up necessities so that the Axis could be defeated.

President Bush, in our own Iraqi quagmire, believes in sacrifice.

He sacrificed his tee time. He gave up golf.

Let me repeat that.

He gave up golf.

To show his support for the war effort, he gave up golf.

He! Gave! Up! Golf!


He didn’t.

He lied about it.

Not only is it a hollow, trivial sacrifice at best, Bush’s story doesn’t hold water. While he dates his decision to abjure golf to Aug. 19, 2003 — the day a truck bomb in Baghdad killed U.N. special representative Sergio Vieira de Mello and more than a dozen others — the Associated Press reported on Oct. 13, 2003, that he’d spent a “cool, breezy Columbus Day” playing “a round of golf with three long-time buddies.

“Bush played at Andrews Air Force Base with Clay Johnson, Office of Management and Budget deputy director, Richard Hauser, Department of Housing and Urban Development general counsel and another friend, Mike Wood.”

On that outing, he was typically full of what passes for good humor at the White House. The AP reported: “‘Fine looking crew you got there. Fine looking crew,’ Bush joked to reporters. ‘That’s what we’d hope for presidential coverage. Only the best.’

“He hit a couple of practice balls before flaring his tee-off shot into the right rough.”

Dan Eggen writes in The Washington Post: “Democrats have criticized Bush for allegedly not requiring Americans to sacrifice enough while waging wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and for urging people to keep shopping as a way to fight terrorism after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Bush was also widely criticized in August 2002 when he decried terrorist bombings in Israel while golfing and then told reporters: ‘Now watch this drive.’

“Although Bush says he has given up golf, he is a mountain-biking enthusiast who has been photographed taking part in rides. He took up biking after an injury sidelined him from running.

“Presidential historian Robert Dallek. . . said Bush’s remarks about Iraq ‘speak to his shallowness.’ Dallek added: ‘That’s his idea of sacrifice, to give up golf?'”

He! Lied! About! It!

Does the President live in a fucking bubble? Is he tone-deaf to his own abject stupidity?

He gave up golf.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

3 thoughts on “On the President’s Abject Disconnect

  1. This stupid fuck of an accidental president just makes me want to vomit. I really can’t stand to see his stupid mug anymore. His mind-numbing self-involvement is without measure.

    “Don’t mince words, Bones, what do you really think?”

  2. I had to spring your comment from blog purgatory; spam filters can be so stupid.

    I didn’t actually watch this, but I listened to it at work yesterday. Olbermann gets so agitated when he rips President Bush a new asshole. I love it. 🙂

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