I do not like his politics and his style. I will say that emphatically. The man is an aloof arrogant snob who I believe he could care less what anyone thinks.
Yesterday was Memorial day a day dedicated to those who sacrificed and died defending the freedoms of this country. The President did his obligatory speech and wreath laying. But when all the Presidential hoopla was over what did the commander-in-chief of the US Military do? He hit the links. How do I know this happened? Well I will tell you it was not the Main Stream Media in the US nor was it conservative bloggers who broke the story. No, the only MSM mention of the round of golf was on Jake Tapper’s blog at ABC’s web site. It turns out the first report of the golf outing was from a British News paper. Niles Gardiner of the UK Telegraph titled the article this way.
Barack Obama’s decision to play golf on Memorial Day was disrespectful and hardly presidential
Barack Obama has played golf 70 times (Photo: AFP)
Can you imagine David Cameron enjoying a round of golf on Remembrance Sunday? It would be inconceivable for the British Prime Minister to do so, and not just because of the usually dire weather at that time of the year. Above all, it would be viewed as an act of extremely bad taste on a day when the nation remembers and mourns her war dead. I can’t imagine the PM even considering it, and I’m sure his advisers would be horrified at the idea. And if the prime minister ever did play golf on such a sacrosanct day he would be given a massive drubbing by the British press, and it would never be repeated.
Contrast this with President Obama’s decision to play golf yesterday, Memorial Day, for the 70th time during his 28-month long presidency. For tens of millions of Americans, Memorial Day is a time for remembrance of the huge sacrifices made by servicemen and women on the battlefield. The president did pay his respects in the morning, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, but later in the day traveled to Fort Belvoir to play golf. The story has not been reported so far in a single US newspaper, but was made public by veteran White House correspondent Keith Koffler on his blog. Here’s Koffler’s report:
The business of memorializing our war dead done, President Obama headed out to the Fort Belvoir golf course today, finding his way onto the links for the ninth weekend in a row.
Obama earlier today laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and met with families of those killed in battle. But he emerged from the day’s solemnity to go golfing for the 12th time this year and the 70th time of his presidency.
The decision to golf on Memorial Day invites comparison with President George W. Bush, who gave up the game early in his presidency and said he did it out of respect for the families of those killed in Iraq.
Does it matter if the president chooses to play golf on Memorial Day, and for the second time in his presidency (he did so as well in 2009)? I think it does, and it displays extraordinarily bad judgment, not only by Obama himself but also by his advisers. His chief of staff for example should have firmly cautioned against it. President Obama is not just any American but Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces. The United States is currently engaged in a major war in Afghanistan with over 100,000 troops on the ground, and more than 1,500 have already laid down their lives for their country.
The least the president can do on Memorial Day is spend the whole day with veterans and servicemen’s families while acknowledging their sacrifice. As Koffler points out above, President George W. Bush stopped playing golf out of respect for the families of Iraq War dead. This demonstrated not only good judgment but humility and respect for the men and women who keep America safe. It is little wonder that, as Gallup reveals in a new poll, US military personnel and veterans give Barack Obama lower marks for his job performance than members of the general public. The president’s actions smack of poor taste, as well a lack of empathy and support for the US military, hardly the kind of leadership the White House should be projecting at a time of war.
Gardiner hit the nail on the head. Three wars in the Middle East and the only idea Obama has is get in a round of Golf.
What about other political figures? Jon Runyan of New Jerseys 3rd Congressional district was out and about in Burlington, Ocean and Upper Camden County walking in parades and honoring our fallen heroes. He was in Toms River, Mount Holly, Evesham and Mount Laurel to name a few. Not one mention of a round of golf. A man of the people, unlike our current President
But the White House was quick to mention that at 3:00 Pm the appointed time for a national moment of silence the President paused from his golf outing to remember that some people died for this country. Thank God they did so he could Golf on a Monday afternoon. No folks I don’t hate him. I just hope we remove him from office as he has no respect for this country. And shame on the media for allowing him to get a pass on the disrespectful act of playing golf instead of meeting with veterans or families of fallen heroes. That would be a Presidential act. Vote him out in 2012.