5.14.2008

bush gives up golf for war

What do you mean Bush didn't sacrifice anything for the Iraq War?
Bush: I quit golf over Iraq war

US President George W. Bush said in an interview out Tuesday that he quit playing golf in 2003 out of respect for the families of US soldiers killed in the conflict in Iraq, now in its sixth year.

"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."

The US president traced his decision to the August 19, 2003 bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, which killed the world body's top official in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

"I remember when de Mello, who was at the UN, got killed in Baghdad as a result of these murderers taking this good man's life. And I was playing golf -- I think I was in central Texas -- and they pulled me off the golf course and I said, it's just not worth it anymore to do," said Bush.

Bush's last round of golf as president dates back to October 13, 2003, according to meticulous records kept by CBS news.

On the day of the bombing two months earlier, he had cut short his golf game at the 12th hole and returned to his ranch in tiny Crawford, Texas.

There's really nothing to say, is there?

Thanks to the several people who sent this to me, especially Magnolia2000, who posted it in this thread about the very real sacrifice other families have made, and continue to make. The juxtaposition is beyond infuriating. Enough to make you want to start a revolution.

8 comments:

MSEH said...

"Enough to make you want to start a revolution."

We live and hope...

Amy said...

Reading this in conjunction with your prior post from the father whose son was injured in Iraq says it all. When I first saw this headline on the Internet this morning on my home page, I figured it must mean something else. But, no, it was just what it seemed to be. Complete insensitivity and insanity.

James said...

"We have to catch these terrorist killers... now watch this shot" -- GW Bush

kim_in_to said...

I was trying to think of a snide comment, but really, I'm just at a loss for words.

James said...

Dan Froomkin writes about this here.

James said...

Olberman also has an excellent comment.

L-girl said...

Thanks James.

L-girl said...

If the Olbermann vid at Crooks & Liars won't play, here it is on YouTube.