Anti-Bush determined not to let Middle East ruin his summer vacation
Allison Kaplan Sommer points out that President Obama would have been wise to learn
from President Bush.
Ah golf, that sport that seems as exciting as watching grass grow,
but seems to have an obsessive grip on powerful men. Golfing is a
notoriously problematic pursuit for U.S. leaders – the amount of grief
that former President Bush got for his hitting the links at key
junctures was so substantial that Bush confessed he decided to give up
the game during his Iraq-plagued second term because "it's just not
worth it anymore" and "I don't want some mom whose son may have recently
died to see the commander in chief playing golf. 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."
think Obama would be smart enough to learn from Bush’s mistakes, and
not risk having split screen images of him having fun on the golf course
paired with images of Islamic State tanks rolling across Iraq, stranded
Yazidi children dying of thirst on a mountaintop, and U.S. planes
dropping bombs below.
But no. Five and a half years after taking office, Obama is still determined to be the anti-Bush more than anything else. It's a matter of tastelessness.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, George W. Bush