Saturday, May 17, 2008


Veterans all across the United States and around the world are furious because President Bush told Politico that he felt the only right thing to do was to give up golf during wartime.

What Bush didn't tell Politco is he had pulled a muscle in his leg and gave up running too.

But even after Bush said he gave up golf as his contribution to the troops in Iraq, he was seen playing golf three months later.

Bush's golf claim angers veterans
May 15, 2008

George Bush has angered US war veterans by declaring that out of solidarity with those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq he decided to make his own sacrifice: giving up golf.

In an interview with the Politico website, the president said he took the decision because of the war. "I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."

Brandon Friedman, a veteran US infantry officer who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, told the Press Association: "Thousands of Americans have given up a lot more than golf for this war. For President Bush to imply that he somehow stands in solidarity with families of American soldiers by giving up golf is disgraceful. It's an insult to all Americans and a slap in the face to our troops' families."

Friedman, who is vice chairman of the US veterans' organisation VoteVets, added: "It shows how disconnected he is from everyday Americans, especially those who are serving in Iraq."

Bush said he laid down his clubs after the August 2003 bombing of United Nations offices in Baghdad that killed the UN's top official in the country, Sergio Vieira de Mello. "I remember when de Mello got killed as a result of these murderers taking this good man's life. I was playing golf - I think in central Texas - and they pulled me off the golf course and I said, 'It's just not worth it any more'."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now that is really petty! I enlisted in the military to serve my country. The point here being; enlisted. Bush was elected; did we enlist to be the diplomatic equal with the very corrupt oil industry? our whole society at home ? Or did we enlist to possibly be elected as one of the world’s leaders’? Haven’t even those drafted realize by now that if they don’t stop bitching and start working together, once again; not much will be accomplished and history will continue to repeat itself for ALL Veterans. . .

Thnaks for listening, Pat Smith