This past Memorial Day, as Americans honored those who gave their lives in service to our country, Barack Obama hit the golf links. Yes, he did his presidential duty and laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, but is it too much to ask that the president of the United States set aside his golf addiction on a day set aside for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice?
As reported in The Telegraph, Barack Obama played his 70th round of golf in his young presidency on Memorial Day.
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.
President George W. Bush completely gave up golf as a show of respect to the troops during a time of war. Obama can’t get enough of it. Big deal or not?
By the way, here’s how our former commander-in-chief recently spent time with our Wounded Warriors. Maybe Obama should get a clue.