Bush on Sacrifice

What a charming President we have:

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

“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.”

Bush said he made that decision after the August 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, which killed Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top U.N. official in Iraq and the organization’s high commissioner for human rights.

“I remember when de Mello, who was at the U.N., got killed in Baghdad as a result of these murderers taking this good man’s life,” he said. “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.’”


  1. #1 Tony
    May 13, 2008

    At least he is consistent in his patriotism… he gave up golf during Vietnam as well.

  2. #2 decrepitoldfool
    May 13, 2008

    All this time we thought he was a heartless bastard, but… *sniff* …it turns out he really cares.

  3. #3 Zeno
    May 13, 2008

    And I’m sure he gave up chocolate for Lent. This is a man who believes in sacrifice.

  4. #4 shortie
    May 13, 2008

    If someone gives up their only begotten son, it’s only fair that Bush give up something that has given him a modicum of hope and pleasure as well.

  5. #5 Pierce R. Butler
    May 13, 2008

    He’s a great one for heroic self-sacrifice, our Decider:

    Aides found him face down on the floor in prayer in the Oval Office. It became known that he refused to eat sweets while American troops were in Iraq, a partial fast seldom reported of an American president.

    The Faith of George W. Bush (p. 173), Stephen Mansfield

    The above report was printed in 2003. I haven’t had the stomach to monitor the details of the life of Boy George to ascertain the length and strength of this commitment.

  6. #6 cl
    May 13, 2008

    Just spent 10 minutes on Google looking for recent photos of 43 playing golf. Nothing conclusive yet, but I can see the day. Too bad we can’t be sure of his motivation – if genuine, the idea itself is at least thoughtful.

  7. #7 Gerry L
    May 13, 2008

    Question: Did W ever really like playing golf? Did he give it up as a sacrifice … or because he wasn’t really into it?

  8. #8 SLC
    May 14, 2008

    Actually, it was about that time that Dubya took up bicycling as a more vigorous form of exercise. He purchased a $3000 Trek Rage from Revolution cycles in Georgetown, which he rides, accompanied by Secret Service agents, over at the USAG facility in Beltsville, Md. and also at his ranch in Texas.

  9. #9 stillwaggon
    May 14, 2008

    There was a clip on TV in which after his remarks on current affairs, delivered while holding a golf club, he said, “now watch this”, and then used the club to hit the ball, very jolly and pleased with himself. I don’t know the date, but I’m pretty sure it was more recent than the 2003 bombing.

  10. #10 Tabuhan
    May 14, 2008

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  11. #11 caynazzo
    May 14, 2008

    If you read the New Yorker article about the UN bombing in Iraq and how de Mello died a slow agonizing death in the rubble, it can be traced back to a riff between de Mello and a top US general that lead to reduced US security of the UN building at the time of the bombing, and a slow, half-assed rescue response by the Marines. De Mello was blackballed, backstabbed, and left to die.

  12. #12 John McKay
    May 15, 2008

    It’s a lie. According to Keith Olbermann, he was playing golf two months later on October 13. It’s most likely he quit golf because he injured his knee that summer. Vet Voice has some details. (http://www.vetvoice.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1241) As to the candy sacrifice, another reporter described him munching butterscotch during an interview soon after that promise. (http://www.eschatonblog.com/2003_10_19_archive.html#106684179913509422)
    As is usually the case for this vile little frat boy, sacrifice is something for other people.

  13. #13 Steverino
    May 15, 2008

    While Keith Olberman may not have the audience of O’Reilly or Flush Windblow, it does my heart good to watch someone with a large public reach, hold this administration accountable and tell the truth to the American people

    This country needs to be wrestled away from the dishonest, destructive self-serving agenda of the Hard Right and the Evangelical Christians and returned to real Americans.

  14. #14 Bayesian Bouffant, FCD
    May 15, 2008

    Just spent 10 minutes on Google looking for recent photos of 43 playing golf.

    Keith Olbermann has the goods.
    de Mello dies in August, Bush seen playing golf in October of that same year. So it certainly wasn’t as instantaneous as Bush is now trying to imply. Also, Bush injured a calf muscle and gave up running at the same time.

  15. #15 aSk Blogcu
    May 19, 2008

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    En GŁnceL Teknoloji ve Bilim Haberleri Sitesi… Mutlaka Girmelisiniz..

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  16. #16 beagledad
    May 23, 2008

    I’ve never played a game of golf, ever. It’s been a long, hard life of sacrifice, let me tell ya.

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