Assigned Reading: Obama Ties Bush on Golf Outings
Okay, so you know that I’m not generally one to nitpick. I’m fine with President Obama taking vacation, as his predecessors all have as well. I’m fine with him eating a romantic dinner with his wife, because his predecessors all have as well. Well, maybe not Bill Clinton.
And I’m fine with President Obama playing just as much golf in nine months as President George W. Bush did in three years. It’s not like the man is incommunicado — Golf Cart One probably has more communications capabilities than an AWACS jet. The problem I have is with the left’s hypocrisy. I saw a bumper sticker yesterday which read
I’ll give your president the same respect that you give mine.
and I think that sentiment holds true not just in terms of respect but in terms of coverage. If Michael Moore felt it necessary to lambaste Bush for teeing off while American servicemen and servicewomen were getting killed in Iraq, then the same criticism should be leveled against Barack Obama for sitting around and massaging a pair of tiny Titelists as our bravest are dying in Afghanistan rather than making a decision on the request for reinforcements sent more than sixty days ago.
There is plenty to criticize this president about so that we don’t need to scrutinize his backswing, or the time he spends working on it. Is his penchant for frequent golf outings maddening when troops are dying for want of additional resources? Absolutely. But a president who took more than a half-hour to give his commanders on the ground what they wanted certainly isn’t going to suddenly develop a conscience for such things sixty days later in a sandtrap.
Plus, we all know he’s waiting for the dust around health care reform and the rest of his hotly-contested domestic agenda to settle before he even considers spending his dwindling political capital on something so pesky as that overseas contingency operation against misunderstood purveyors of man-caused disasters.