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You Are What You Golf

As NPR reports, Politico.com interviewed President Bush this past week.  In the NPR story, they talk about the message sent by Presidents and their golf game.  Bush said to Politico:

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.”

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.’"

I guess Eisenhower, as a general, played golf during World War II.  He also played golf during the Korean War.  Everyone needs a way to relax, even a President during a 5+ year war.  Maybe this is the message Bush really wants to avoid:

 

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