Monday, March 7, 2011
On Saturday, Washington DC celebrated Barack Obama finally reaching "The Big Six-Oh." Of course, we're not talking his age, which is alleged to be 49, but his 60th game of golf since taking office.
While England contemplated establishing a "no fly" zone to protect violence-torn Libya, and Harry Reid was declaring that no agreements could be made on budget cuts in Washington, and Michael Moore was proclaiming the beginning of a socialist revolution in Wisconsin, and dozens of people in Louisiana were being killed by violent weather which will be really, really hard to blame on George Bush, the alleged president pulled on his checkered knickers and tam o'shanter and hit the links. Again.
He took an environmentally-questionable motorcade of 10 cars (each filled with paid government employees) to the Andrews Air Force Base golf course for his standard five hour game. During which time, he presumably actually had to be decisive enough to choose between a wood and an iron, because there's no golf club called "present."
While in office, President George W. Bush also enjoyed playing golf...but he gave it up in 2003. “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.”
We think Barack Obama's habitual golfing during times of national and international crisis certainly does send a bad signal...but in this case, one that is perfectly accurate. He is a 9-to-5, Monday-thru-Friday government worker who can't be fired...and damn well won't accept a cutback in perks.