And When He Does Play, He Uses a Lower Handicap. You Know, for the Troops.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

A reporter asked President Bush what sacrifices he’s made for the war in Iraq:

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

“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.”

You send your kid off to die in the war he bungled, he agrees to stop playing golf. Sounds good.

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28 Responses to “And When He Does Play, He Uses a Lower Handicap. You Know, for the Troops.”

  1. #1 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I think he should play golf continuously. The more time he spends playing golf, the less time he has to senselessly piss away human life to satisfy his juvenile macho ego.

  2. #2 |  B | 

    Righteous acts of self-sacrifice are somewhat diminished by the act of pointing them out to others…I think Mr. Bush’s favorite political philosopher had a thing or to two to say about this…

  3. #3 |  Bronwyn | 

    I’m so touched by his sensitivity, I may cry.

    What greater sacrifice can anyone give to their country than to stop playing golf?

  4. #4 |  MassHole | 

    A true man of the people. Who wouldn’t want to have a beer with that guy.

  5. #5 |  ParatrooperJJ | 

    What do you expect him to do? His life is not exacly his own….

  6. #6 |  UCrawford | 

    I’m betting that his hectic schedule from trying to put out all the fires he started had more to do with not playing golf than concern for the troops.

    Honestly, what an idiot. Fall down a flight of stairs already.

  7. #7 |  Nobody | 

    Gosh, what a noble sacrifice.

    Y’know, kidding aside, he’s right in saying that he shouldn’t play golf while there’s a war on.

    However, his rationale behind not playing is that it “sends the wrong signals”…meaning “I’d do it, but I couldn’t get away with it.”

    Can he go away now? Please? And take his “legacy” with him.

  8. #8 |  JWH | 

    Let’s be intellecutally honest, shall we? Since all three presidential candidates have all voted, or at least had the opportunity to vote….whether they exercised it or not is another question…..since 2005 on every act that has made it’s way to the senate. What have those three sacrificed for the troops.

    W will move on come January, with a less tarnished legacy than his predessor, I expect, but if you’re hoping that whomever succeeds him will be an improvement, you’re dreaming.

  9. #9 |  JLS | 

    JWH: Yes, only in a dream can one imagine a president (a human generally) that will resist starting meritless wars, destroy the constitution, hire wholly incompetent staff, torture, etc, etc, etc. Good point.

  10. #10 |  MassHole | 

    If we’re being intellectually honest…

    How does starting a botched war on arguably false pretenses, having the lowest approval rating in the history of the poll, and being complicit in creating a financial disaster for our country equal a “less tarnished” legacy than Bill Clinton? I’m just asking.

    Will the next president be any better? Maybe not, but they would have to work pretty hard to be any worse.

  11. #11 |  Below The Beltway » Blog Archive » Because, You Know, War Calls For All Kinds Of Sacrifices | 

    [...] Radley Balko   [...]

  12. #12 |  Phelps | 

    Radley’s just peeved because he knows it is really a shot at the media. This is what he’s talking about. (Never mind that he was talking about the Israelis and Palestinians.)

  13. #13 |  Radley Balko | 

    #10 — Why would I be “peeved” about that?

    The “watch this drive comment” was silly and insensitive and played to every joke about this president not having the slightest idea what he’s doing.

    That he has now sworn off golf as a “sacrifice” is just as dumb.

  14. #14 |  pwyll | 

    Sure. When it comes to drinking and such, every 18 year old is an adult. When it comes to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, every last one is a kid who got sent to war by his mommy. Give me a break.

  15. #15 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I don’t really give a rats ass whether Bush’s successor is better or worse than him. I don’t care if Bush was taking a shot at he press with his remark. I don’t care what war he was talking about and I don’t really give a shit if Bush’s legacy shines brighter than Clinton’s. He still pissed away 4000 lives, wounded 30,000 more, and saddled millions more with hundreds of billions of dollars in costs.

    Of all the plausible explanations for the Iraq war (and the resulting carnage), the one most favorable to the Bush administration is that it was just a mistake. At best, that makes him the dumbest motherfucker to ever hold the office and his mouth reinforces that assessment every time he opens it.

  16. #16 |  UCrawford | 

    Dave,

    Considering that the invasion of Iraq was in large part based on the “intelligence” provided to the president by Ahmad Chalabi’s organization, and considering that since then the “intelligence” provided has been thoroughly discredited and Chalabi has been exposed as someone with close ties to the Iranian government, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if 20 or 30 years down the road we found out that Chalabi had actually been running disinformation to Bush on behalf of the Iranian government because they figured Bush was stupid enough to invade Iraq and take out their mortal enemy without the Iranians having to fire a shot. If we were to find out that was the case, then I think that makes it almost indisputable that George W. Bush is the stupidest person ever to occupy the Oval Office.

    Of course, just as plausible is the scenario that Chalabi was merely a convicted felon and opportunist who fed Bush a load of crap on his own because he figured that he’d get a plum job once we set up a new Iraqi government…in which case Bush would still be an incredible dumbass for not recognizing that his source wasn’t particularly credible.

  17. #17 |  Bronwyn | 

    note to self: don’t fuck with dave krueger

    *wink*

  18. #18 |  adam | 

    I wish Bush would step on a land mine, you know, to show solidarity with the troops.

  19. #19 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #16 UCrawford

    Considering that the invasion of Iraq was in large part based on the “intelligence”…

    In the weeks leading up to the Iraq war, everything coming out of the White House was all about WMD. The war was being totally justified as a national security issue, which is the only logic most of the public really accepts for such a drastic measure. Immediately after the war started, however, the rhetoric was suddenly all about the liberation of the Iraqi people. The shift was so obvious that it was like night and day. At that point, I knew that the President and his cronies had no solid evidence of WMD, but went ahead with the war anyway. They could either pull the plug and look stupid or go ahead with it and try to change the focus.

    While many would view the resulting casualty count as a pretty steep price to pay to avoid looking dumb, it’s really not so bad if you’re not one of the ones actually paying it.

  20. #20 |  UCrawford | 

    Dave,

    While many would view the resulting casualty count as a pretty steep price to pay to avoid looking dumb, it’s really not so bad if you’re not one of the ones actually paying it.

    And that pretty much sums up the real problem here…that Bush is a petulant sociopath who simply doesn’t recognize the damage he does because it doesn’t affect him or anyone he’s close to. I honestly believe that’s what it is, and it’s reinforced every time he makes a stupid remark like the “giving up golf is a sacrifice” comment.

    Makes me question what kind of rotten father George H.W. Bush must have been to turn out a spoiled, unaccountable scumbag like Dubya.

  21. #21 |  No Straw Men : links for 2008-05-15 | 

    [...] And When He Does Play, He Uses a Lower Handicap. You Know, for the Troops – Radley Balko, The Agitat… A reporter asked President Bush what sacrifices he’s made for the war in Iraq … “I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.” [...]

  22. #22 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #20 UCrawford
    …that Bush is a petulant sociopath who simply doesn’t recognize the damage he does because it doesn’t affect him or anyone he’s close to.

    Exactly. It’s as if the guy is so cold he doesn’t even have the capacity to fake compassion.

  23. #23 |  Phelps | 

    “Fall down a flight of stairs”… “step on a land mine”… I never thought assassination chic would take hold on this blog. I seem to be mistaken. I would have assumed that the policy on comments about police would extend to the president.

  24. #24 |  Bronwyn | 

    Ah but Phelps, nobody suggested the man be pushed or deliberately directed towards such fates. These were wishful hopes for some deadly accidental mishap.

    That’s quite different from the guy I heard the other day saying some group of people should be “taken out and shot”. That, in my mind is assassination chic.

    Maybe I’m wrong *shrug*

  25. #25 |  Phelps | 

    Well, that obviously makes it OK.

  26. #26 |  Bronwyn | 

    I didn’t make a statement as to whether it’s better or not, I merely asserted that it is different.

    And here in End of Threadsville, I’ll share Scott Bateman’s take on things:
    http://scottbateman.livejournal.com/897963.html

  27. #27 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #23 Phelps
    “Fall down a flight of stairs”… “step on a land mine”… I never thought assassination chic would take hold on this blog. I seem to be mistaken. I would have assumed that the policy on comments about police would extend to the president.

    Does Assassination Chic really describe the sentiments you’re applying it to? Far from being inflammatory, wishing bad luck on someone who you believe is responsible for considerable needless death and destruction seems to show extraordinary restraint.

  28. #28 |  Phelps | 

    We elected him. Reelected him after the war had already been started and the invasion was over, in fact. Are you going to go Pat Robertson or Jeremiah Wright and wish a few earthquakes and hurricanes on us as well?

    It is a good policy to not call for violence against police in these comments. It is bad policy to allow comments that call for the death of the president (whether “coincidental” or not.) How about we wish for a peaceful transfer of power like we have had for the last 200 years in this country?

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