I do not seek out information about George W. Bush. I guess if I were a really good citizen I would follow his every move, listen to every broadcast, and read up on every decision he makes. But the truth is I’ve been avoiding any mention of him for years because I just can’t take it. I hate to sound like one of those hysterical liberals who start frothing at the mouth at the mere mention of our fearless leader’s name, but I guess that’s what I’ve become during these last seven years. The sight of Bush or the sound of his voice instantly raises my blood pressure and makes my skin crawl. It was George Bush’s presidency that ultimately made me stop watching TV news for fear of getting too big a dose of his preening stupidity. I now get most of my news from various Internet sources, I can’t remember the last time I’ve watched a morning or evening news program.
Every time I clicked onto my various news sources yesterday, I kept seeing this crazy headline about Bush. I avoided it all day but I finally bit the bullet and read the article in full last night. Oh. My. God.
Titled “I Quit Golf Over Iraq War,” the article relayed information from an interview with the President that was released yesterday.
US President George W. Bush said in an interview out Tuesday that he quit playing golf in 2003 out of respect for the families of US soldiers killed in the conflict in Iraq, now in its sixth year. “I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal,” he said in an interview for Yahoo! News and Politico magazine.
“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.”
Are you fucking kidding me? If he wasn’t such a detriment to this country in every way I’d almost feel sorry for the guy. Even when he is supposedly trying to show compassion and empathy for people whose lives have been horrifically altered because of his own mistakes, his efforts are so misguided that they seem like a cruel joke.
When pressed further, Bush said he traced his decision to the August 19, 2003 bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, which killed Sergio Vieira de Mello.
“I remember when de Mello, who was at the UN, got killed in Baghdad as a result of these murderers taking this good man’s life. And 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,” said Bush.
His last round of golf was apparently on October 13, 2003. What an incredible history-making gesture. What an awe-inspiring leader. What a crock of shit. At first I thought this report had to be a fake item from the editors of “The Onion” but no, it’s as real as can be, this is Bush’s noble sacrifice to the countless families who have lost their loved ones during his ill-planned crazy war. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that it would be impossible to find a single family member of any man or woman killed in Iraq who would feel even slightly moved by Bush’s sacrifice. Not one. In fact, I would guess that many feel insulted by this ridiculous gesture.
On the other hand, I’m sure there were many people in the Bush administration who were relieved when he decided to abandon the golf course since he often made a fool of himself there, and not just because of his speedy golf games.
For example, just before beginning a game at a Kennebunkport golf course in 2002, with his driver in hand, Bush took a moment to condemn an overnight suicide bombing of a bus in Israel that killed nine people.
“I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers,'” Mr. Bush said on the first green of Cape Arundel, at 6:15 a.m. '”Thank you. Now watch this drive.” Without the slightest pause, Mr. Bush turned to his game—and hit his first ball into the rough. Mr. Bush then took a mulligan, a free shot, teeing off nicely. The president let out a sigh of relief.
Too bad he can’t give the dead soldiers in Iraq a “mulligan.” There were some other pearls in yesterday’s interview that made my stomach turn such as the ass-kissing reporter’s question about the President’s so-called faith:
Q: Mr. President, we know you're a man of intense faith. And I wonder, what was a moment in this room over the past eight years when you needed that most?
A: Michael, I'd say daily. I mean, part of the faith walk is to understand your weaknesses and is to constantly try to embetter yourself and get closer to the Lord. And that's a daily occurrence. Obviously there's been some tough moments in here. When you know that somebody lost their loved one as a result of a decision that I made, that's a tough moment. If you're a faithful person you try to empathize with the suffering that that person is going through. On the other hand, there is a knowledge that the good Lord can comfort during these moments of grief. And that's what I ask for in my prayer.
There’s more, but I can’t go on. I’m not proud of the contempt I feel for the man in the White House. I’ve lived through all sorts of troubled administrations but I never had so little respect for someone in such a high position. It saddens me when I hear Leah and my young nephews disrespectfully deriding the President in no uncertain terms even though I realize that they’re obviously getting those views in part from the adults in their lives. Sometimes I give them a half-hearted speech about respecting the office, if not the man, but it’s hard to rebut any of their anti-Bush tirades. When I was my daughter’s age I’d often rail against President Nixon, but Tricky Dick was certainly a political genius and great world leader compared to Mr. Bush.
Oh, how I look forward to January 20, 2009, when our sacrificing commander-in-chief can return to the golf course where he belongs.