Bush Gives Up Golf, But Shanks Another One.

Possibly Bush's last swing of the clubBush Gave Up Golf in Solidarity with Iraq Dead. 

WASHINGTON (May 13) – President Bush said Tuesday he was disappointed in “flawed intelligence” before the Iraq war and was concerned that if a Democrat wins the presidency in November and withdrew troops prematurely it could “eventually lead to another attack on the United States.”

In an interview with the political newspaper Politico and Yahoo News, Bush also said he gave up golf in 2003 out of respect for U.S. soldiers killed in the war, which has now lasted more than five years.

“I didn’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.”  Full Story

The Beefs …

Fore !! … Bush shanks another one.  I guess we’re supposed to think its commendable that Bush gave up golf in solidarity for the thousands of young men and women that have lost their lives in Iraq ?   Perhaps he should have listened to his caddy, kept his driver in the bag, and instead continued working on his short game at home.   Not only would have it dramatically improved his score card on the golf course, it certainly would have raised his score with the American people.   And of course, lowered the score of lives lost abroad.  

Unfortunately, no mulligans allowed on this course.



23 comments so far

  1. Ken Letizia on

    Gee, what a great President! My God, he gave up golf to support the mothers who children have been killed in Iraq. Bush giving up golf is supposed to comfort a mother who will never see, hold, or kiss their child again. Yeah, fair trade. How about you send your Daughters over to Iraq, Bush, put weapons in their manicured hands, and lets see your kids defend your oil blood money. YOU BASTARD!!!

    How dare you compare your giving up golf to that of a mother whos lost their child for your gain. You son of a bitch. I would love to kick your ass all over Washington and then put you and your pricess-bitch kids on the front line.
    KISS MY ASS and Shove your wedge up your ass—you son of a bitch.

  2. austinbaby31 on

    Okay granted giving up golf not a huge sacrifice…. but really is this news worthy…. have to love the media.

    Wasn’t the point of the article his views on how a Democratic win could affect the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, not his golf game? And trust me as much as I want my boyfriend to never be deployed again (he returned in Feb. from his 2nd tour in the Middle East, 1st one for a year in Iraq, 2nd for a year tour in Afghanistan….)it’s not smart to rapidly withdraw in the coming years as the Democrats have stated they want to do. Unfortunately we are needed there. Despite loss of life and times away from loved ones the sacrifice is necessary….. ask the enlisted men.

  3. Stevo on

    You’re right. Not news worthy, but definately beefs worthy :)

    Not enjoying too much recreation while the troops are at war is probably a good idea. But if it was truly a deed with the right intentions, there’s no need to bring light to it. He should be wiser by now.

    Ken, don’t hold back, say what you feel :) I’m kidding, you’ll scare the other patrons away. All two of them.

  4. Thomas Colby on

    Bush Gives Up Golf? How ironic that he would make any personal sacrifices. He is the Worst! I am sorry I know Bush Supporters, who must be living in a cave somewhere not to see the results of this idiot still living in the White House, can muddle through the last few months of his miserable presidency with little regrets, but I for one think he has been nothing less then a joke. Only its not a joke when thousands of American troops have been killed, or injured over a War he brought us into under false pretense. Iraq NEVER attacked us. That is a fact. Terrorists attacked us, Not Iraq. That is a fact. Another fact is that we are Now in Iraq and what to do next is anyones guess. Its pure guess work on what would happen if we leave quickly or slowly, but at some point we MUST leave, the country of Iraq does not belong to us and although we owe the innocent people there some form of peace when we leave, the reality is that we have no idea what will happen when we do leave. No one knows what will happen.
    Bush and his believers should be ashamed of the problems they have created and We as Americans should come together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans and find a way to deal with this issue.

  5. Cecil Jones on

    Stevo, Bush may have given up golf, but now he’s doing “Dr. Evil” impressions. Didn’t I just say that MLK statue looks like Dr. Evil? Well, I’ve got some “Beef” with this golf thing; but I better remember to make it worthy of a President. What should President Bush give up to honor us all? Here’s a small list. Let’s start with riding bicycles? No more flying and “Mission Accomplished” speeches? No more nicknames like “Bushy.” No more soulmates like Putin. No more pretzels. No more lies dishonoring Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch. Finally, how about no more reading “My Pet Goat” and no more scare tactics to rig elections? Let me also suggest this “Lame Duck” not go hunting with Dick Cheney until Obama wins. That’s how I show respect to a man with nothing better to do than vacation and read while America was under attack. Give it up, the truth is coming out!

  6. Thomas Colby on

    BRAVO Cecil! Great Comment!

  7. Stevo on

    Cecil, I thought you didn’t do lists ? Uhhh, see previous comments on post Who Should Not Be Saved in a Pandemic? … something about it being a crime to write a list in High School ?

    Busted. 5 days after-school detention to include an essay on “Bushonomics” and “Your Top 10 Favorite Bushisms”.

  8. Cecil Jones on

    Stevo, I don’t do list; but there are so many things that Bush needs to give up. The last time I did a list was in Burbank California. I proved to Hollywood that “I Get It.” Hillary wasn’t inevitable. I save lists for very special occasions. Did you see the response that “This List” got? Obama got attacked as an “Appeaser.” Bin Laden sent out another tape and the Republicans are having a “Hissy Fit.” Stevo, it looks like you’ve got the power! Don’t you just love cartoons? That “Lil Bush” cartoon is the worst ever! I’m glad to see people remember what we say in here. Making a list is so juvenile and Columbine.

  9. Stevo on

    Cecil, you can spin it and organize it however you like.. the fact remains, it still “is” a list.

    Reminds me of Bill Clinton’s classic rationalization to the grand jury on the Lewinsky affair … “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not–that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement.. Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you making any lists with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.”

  10. Margie on

    I couldn’t have said this better. A friend shared this with me.. something to think about carefully ..

    This is from : “You ain’t gonna like losing.” Author unknown.

    President Bush did make a bad mistake in the war on terrorism. But the mistake was not his decision to go to war in Iraq
    Bush’s mistake came in his belief that this country is the same one his father fought for in WWII. It is not.

    Back then, they had just come out of a vicious depression. The country was steeled by the hardship of that depression, but they still believed fervently in this country. They knew that the people had elected their leaders, so it was the people’s duty to back those leaders.

    Therefore, when the war broke out the people came together, rallied behind, and stuck with their leaders, whether they had voted for them or not or whether the war was going badly or not. And war was just as distasteful and the anguish just as great then
    as it is today. Often there were more casualties in one day in WWII than we have had in the entire Iraq war. But that did not
    matter. The people stuck with the President because it was their patriotic duty. Americans put aside their differences in WWII and
    worked together to win that war.

    Everyone from every strata of society, from young to old pitched in. Small children pulled little wagons around to gather scrap
    metal for the war effort. Grade school students saved their pennies to buy stamps for war bonds to help the effort. Men who were too old or medically 4F lied about their age or condition trying their best to join the military. Women doubled their work
    to keep things going at home. Harsh rationing of everything from gasoline to soap, to butter was imposed, yet there was very little complaining.

    You never heard prominent people on the radio belittling the President. Interestingly enough in those days there were no fat
    cat actors and entertainers who ran off to visit and fawn over dictators of hostile countries and complain to them about our President. Instead, they made upbeat films and entertained our troops to help the troops’ morale. And a bunch even enlisted.

    And imagine this: Teachers in schools actually started the day off with a Pledge of Allegiance, and with prayers for our country and our troops!

    Back then, no newspaper would have dared point out certain weak spots in our cities where bombs could be set off to cause the maximum damage. No newspaper would have dared complain about what we were doing to catch spies. A newspaper would have been laughed out of existence if it had complained that German or Japanese soldiers were being ‘tortured’ by being forced to wear women’s underwear, or subjected to interrogation by a woman, or being scared by a dog or did not have air conditioning.

    There were a lot of things different back then. We were not subjected to a constant bombardment of pornography, perversion and promiscuity in movies or on radio. We did not have legions of crack heads, dope pushers and armed gangs roaming our streets.

    No, President Bush did not make a mistake in his handling of terrorism. He made the mistake of believing that we still had the courage and fortitude of our fathers. He believed that this was still the country that our fathers fought so dearly to preserve.

    It is not the same country. It is now a cross between Sodom and Gomorra and the land of Oz. We did unite for a short while after 9/11, but our attitude changed when we found out that defending our country would require some sacrifices.

    We are in great danger. The terrorists are fanatic Muslims.They believe that it is okay, even their duty, to kill anyone who will not
    convert to Islam. It has been estimated that about one third or over three hundred million Muslims are sympathetic to the terrorists cause… Hitler and Tojo combined did not have nearly that many potential recruits. So…We either win it – or lose it……- and you ain’t gonna like losing.

    America is not at war. The military is at war. America is at the mall.

  11. Thomas Colby on

    Margie, Margie, Margie, Very well written…BUT……..That was then, This is now. In WW2, which my Grandfather fought in, we were at War for a completely different reason. Its not anything like the War in Iraq.
    In the past Wars we had actual ‘Leaders”, unlike George Bush , father or son, whom has not led the American People anywhere.
    Here are some examples to how Mr. Bush has NOT been a leader…
    Hurricanes Rita and Katrina… instead of Mr. Bush coming on national television and asking us all to come together and make personal sacrifices and leading the American People to help our fellow Americans in need, he instead stayed on vacation and then did nothing.
    In the Iraq War Mr. Bush did lead us…to War, based on his own administrations lies of “Weapons of Mass Dectruction”. A Lie. Mr. Bush has never given a speach in which he has asked us to “Buy Stocks or Bonds” to help fight the war. He has never led the country to conserve fuel.
    He has never “led”, he has never been a true Leader.
    It is NOT the same world of in WW2, its not the same War, We are not fighting a country, we are fighting Terrorists, who are everywhere, NOT just Iraq.
    And also, just so you know, in the era of WW2, there was porn, but film making was still in its early years. Now its easier to make and distribute via internet, television ect. If it had been in 1940, it may have been just as prevelent. People in the 40’s did do drugs, it just wasnt as wildly reported and they did drink like crazy and saw the invent and begining of drug use via the pharmacy. They also thought and were told that smoking was healthy and ok to do even while women were pregnant.
    The only thing I can tell you is, Yes, your right Americans have not rallied behind George Bush, but your wrong to think its because of anything but Americans doing their duty in a democratic society and seeing a president that is not leading, but instead lying and misleading her people. It may not be what you want to hear, but its the way people view him. I love my country, respect and admire our brilliant men and women in the military and celebrate our strength and commitment to democracy.

  12. Margie on

    Thomas, Thomas, Thomas. As I said at the beginning of that article I received it from a friend. It was written by an “unknown source” I do believe people will say they are patriotic and love their country. I just happen to believe the people showed it by their actions during WW2. The country came together after 9/11. However there is no comparison between what happened during 9/11 and WW2. We did not have gasoline and food rationing as they did then. I hate to admit this, but I was a small child back then. I know the sacrafices that were made then. People today could not do what my parents and everyone else did. Believe me!! I feel people expect the government to take care of everything.

    I think we should not have gone into Iraq when we did. My point is in that article once we were there, the support should not cease because the war is unpopular. Now I said it. I feel better. I truly think people today don’t understand what sacrifices were made back then. We saved tinfoil scraps of metal, paper drives. I didn’t get a new bike for Christmas, they used the metal to build tanks. My point is we are there and should back the decision to stay there even though the effort was poorly managed in the beginning

    We couldn’t send an email to family in England. Letters took three to four weeks to get there. My Mother sent packages to our relatives in England so they could make birthday cakes for their children who were living with bombings all around their homes.

    We are now in the nuclear age which scares the heck out of me. I’m sure many people won”t agree with staying that, pulling out to soon may be far worse. You still have Iran next door just waiting for the chance to get in there and then what do you do???

    The article did not say there were no drugs and no porn.It did not imply we were a perfect society. Yes you are right everyone smoked even pregnant women.

    There are many differences in the world today the biggest is communications. We can talk to someone accoss the world instantly. Maybe talking would have been better, once the decision was made the people in WW2 did whatever needed to be done. My point is we would not or couldn’t do it do it no matter what…. we say we want change we want government to change we don’t have the courage to do it..sorry Thomas

  13. Thomas Colby on

    Great writing Margie!
    Having lived through WW2 you have an incredible memory and actually felt what it was like in those, i am sure scarey as hell, times. I have listened to my Grandparents talk about WW2 as I was growing up and I was always in awe of how people really did come together and get through so much. They saved the world!
    I really do have faith in people and their ability to come together in a crisis.
    I really do believe that good does prevail over evil.
    My biggest point was really that Mr. Bush has NOT really “Led” the American pubic to do anything, and I think he has had the chance, but failed. Other presidents have been true Leaders, F.D.R. to name one.
    Other leaders have inspired and led their people too, Churchill to name another. But those were incredible “leaders” in horrible times. I think the people in those times respected, beloved, and supported their leaders because they commanded respect and asked their Country to help, George Bush has Not. There was also no question that we had to go into WW2, it was very clear. Again, we were dealing with a Country, NOT terrorists living all over the world. So it is different.
    I think your response was awesome, I respect your opinion and the last part of what you wrote is so true… “We say we want change” “we want the goverment to change” “we don’t have the courage to do it”……. Well, maybe Mr. Bush has actaully done something in his last lame duck year, he has inspired young people, like my friends, family and me to begin demanding and BEING the change. Thank you again Margie, and thank you for a very respectable and honest response to my mail.

  14. Margie on

    Thank you, Thomas:

    It was a very different time than now. I certainly do have very clear memories of living through those dark years.

    I do believe we need change, I just don’t feel the candidates that are running can do the job. You are right we need leadership. I too do not feel President Bush Has “Led” us. I think we are now on the right track though. I believe if we don’t hold firm in Iraq there is a greater chance of the mid-east having more problems and we will be in a more serious situation than we are now.

    Thanks for chatting with me.

  15. Ken Letizia on

    Thomas, and Margie, you have both made some valid points and I would like to say thank you to you both for the great back and fourth discussion. I relate to Thomas, that my dad fought WWII. And I believe that Bush has done this for no good reason. He lied to the public, knowingly and used the tragedy of 9/11 to attack the same people his daddy hates. I also believe Margie, in that our society is in a free fall and recovery is not going to be easy. We as Americans have allowed to many people to impose their culture on our way of life. If you come to America, you should embrace her and her culture.
    On Iraq, if we were to just pull out today, Iran would have a free hand to take over Iraq, and dominate the Middle East. Since, WWII our wars have been fought for invisible lines on maps, that say DMZ, or we dont cross this point. That is not war, that is chess game with a stalemate. WWII was the last war this country really fought to win. We need to have that attitude about war, in order to insure that peace is achieved. Anything less, is just another Korean armistice or a loss like Vietnam. I fear we will not achieve anything here in Iraq unless someone decides to win it. I still, believe we should cut all ties to that region of the globe, and just let them do themselves in. Marines, and Soldiers are dieing and no one is doing a damn thing to win the war. I cant support that. I support my US Service men and women and I would stand with them at a moments notice. But I dont support a president who doesnt have the courage to win the war.

  16. Stevo on

    Good stuff … I was wondering if any of you have read “The Greatest Generation” by Tom Brokaw. Always been on the back of mind to give this a read, but haven’t as yet. It has gotten fairly good reviews, and highlight’s the stories of a number of those from the generation that lived through the depression, fought World War II, and built post-war America. One reader’s review of the book grabbed my attention ..

    “The one clear difference between that generation and subsequent ones can be summed up in two words: no whining. In the entire book, I don’t recall a single individual even mentioning the word “rights” as they applied to himself or herself. No one believed that he or she was entitled to special privileges or to live at the expense of anyone else. No one expected the world to be fair. They took the world as they found it, and made the best of it.”

    Does this mean I’m spoiled rotten :)

  17. Margie on

    Ken: I totally agree with you and I do agree with Senator McCain. We have to win in Iraq. I do believe there is too much at stake to pull troops out. There is a neighbor who would love to take over if we leave. I have had friends and relatives over there. I have a dear friend who lost a son last year in Iraq. I had a lot of Uncles and othere family members who signed up for the Army and the Navy as soon WW2 began. It was a country to be proud of then. When the war ended we were together as a country. Even though I was a child I remember it all very well. I would like to think we could become that country again. I don’t know if we can accomplish. that in this day and age. This is a very different time and we are very different from those living at that time of history. I’m fortunate to have been a part of then and now.

    Yes. I have read the book “The Greatest Generation” It tells it all. Good book to read for a great history lesson. Tom Brokaw did a wonderful job in writing it for America.

  18. Ken Letizia on

    Margie, I would love to see this country come together as one. The problem is that there are so many people here now, from those countries, that hate us so much, it becomes an impossible task. We have bleeding hearts and sympathizers who would jump on any band wagon to just disagree with anything that comes down the pipe. I remember, as a child, my brother Bill comeing home on leave from Vietnam, and people saying how awful he was for the things he did. What should he have let those people kill him? Would that have made them happy? You know he told me about two of his men that were killed by a child holding grenades under her armpits and when she reached for them to hold her, they all died. My brother, to this day, is my hero. My Dad fought in Europe and North Africa against Rommel and Hitler. My Dad, is another hero of mine and I was lucky to have him and my brother. My point is people arent the same anymore. Anyone, like Thomas, can twist anything you say and turn it to something negative and make you out to be a scape goat for the problems of the world. Thomas is a good writer, but in another article he has tried to paint me as a hateful person and he didnt even read my previous posts. Again, my point is, people act from ignorance and lack of knowledge. It is far to easy for information to be withheld or just hidden and once revealed, well then trust is lost. Our society today is much that way from the top down. I would have like to have seen your times first hand.

  19. Thomas Colby on

    Ken, I apologize if you feel I am twisting around what your saying in reference to Gay Marriage, or Gay Issues, but that is just the way you come across on that issue. I do NOT think your an evil or hateful person, I don’t even know you, but on that issue I think its pretty cut and dry the way that you feel. And you my feel my view is the same way. With that said I feel like, on that issue, we can not agree, or in my case with you on it, agree to disagree. On THIS blog issue I found what you wrote was very interesting , well thought out and well written and I agree with you on several points of view. On the Gay issue I really do see you acting in ignorance. Again, I apologize if that hurts your feelings or seems harsh, thats just the way it looks from some peoples perspective. I have even talked with my parents and grandparents, my Grandmother is 94, my Grandfather, ww2 vet, 96, they are still both firecrackers and as opinionated as myself, looks like thats where I get this from, lol. I tend to talk to and get advice from people older than me because I think they just know more and have lived through more than I have. Its like the respect I have for Margie and her comments, she lived through WW2 and times that were way harder than anything my generation has lived through. I think its amazing how much we can learn from them and how much they can elevate us to new levels of understanding and truth. In the future I would suggest not attacking my relationship with god, my being a Christian and or suggestions that I visit with religious beliefs, I very intune and sound in my belief in God and Jesus.

  20. Ken Letizia on

    Thomas, all issues aside, I too used to listen to this one man who was like my grandpa, he fought and told me of both beauty and horrors in the war he fought. I used to sit just amazed at the tales of happieness when families were united and kids found new homes and, I cried at some of the horrors of having to watch a friend die and not be able to do a damn thing to help. It really doesnt hit home until you see it first hand. If you have never seen it, I dont recommend it. I agree some of the topics here are hot, I am not going to worry about the posts of others. Its just the way it is and people are people and we all have the opinions we are going to have. I wasnt hurt by what you said, I just wanted you to know that I am not a bad person and my beliefs arent rooted in hate. Just in God and Country. I admit I am a more harsh person than most when it comes to opinion, but I also know, if this gay marriage thing becomes law, then God also says you follow the laws of the land, and weather I think it right or wrong, I will defend and those who wish to partake. Until then, Loud Mouth At Large!! LOL Thomas, good posts, I have really enjoyed our back and fourth on this one.

  21. Thomas Colby on

    Hey Ken, Everything aside, I do respect your opinion and your writing. Yes, I admit it makes me upset and I sometimes go off, but I do not wish you anything but good will and good heatlh. I am sure your a good guy and I respect the fact, that like myself, you have strong opinions and are not afraid to say what you feel. I have no doubt that you are a good person and I have enjoyed going back and forth with you on issue.

  22. Ken Letizia on

    Damn you Thomas, I have tear in my eye. LOL This site is one of the best I have seen. I really see the way people are feeling about the issues and it provides alot of POV. I have learned alot from the people here and there is always room for learning.

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