President George W. Bush, who stopped playing golf during his presidency because he thought it would seem frivolous during wartime and an insult to the parents of our soldiers, said Obama should nevertheless continue with the sport.
In an appearance taped for the Golf Channel, Bush said:
I see our president criticized for playing golf. I don’t. I think he ought to play golf. I know what it’s like to be in the bubble. I know the pressures of the job, and to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president. It does give you an outlet.
Well, I think Bush is being his usual magnanimous self, and he is, after all, speaking to the golf-obsessed. But, whatever. We’re still going to be counting Obama’s outings around here, because:
1. I’m not convinced Obama’s working very hard. Bush got to the office about three hours before Obama does. And Obama already works out an hour a day, I suppose as a “release” from the stress of the job.
2. Obama somehow survived all the pressure in 2012 when he drastically scaled back his golf because, of course, there was an election to be won.
3. Millions of unemployed and underemployed citizens in the Obama economy are experiencing terrible stress and are unfortunately unable to afford green fees. Also, the Taliban is not making the fairways of Afghanistan available for our troops.
The fighter for the middle class and the leader of our nation during hard times and war might think of a hobby less redolent of privilege.