May 16, 2008

True superiority....

I have a long list of reasons why I think George W Bush is a great president (NO, that doesn't mean I agree with him on everything. I've never swooned over him like those pathetic lefties fainting for Obama.) This is a very small but telling example of how he's much classier than the general run of politicians...

US President George W Bush has revealed that he quit playing golf in 2003 out of respect for the families of American soldiers killed in Iraq.

"I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal," Mr Bush said in an online interview for Yahoo and Politico magazine.

"I don't want some mum 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 as best as I can with them."...

It is illogical but true, that in our culture golf looks like the sport of those who are indifferent to the pain of the world. As opposed to, say tennis. A leader playing golf in a time of crisis looks nonchalant and detached. Whereas if he's sweating on the tennis court, it's assumed that he's burning off the intolerable stress of one who has the cares of the world on his shoulders. (This probably has some connection with the fact that academics and journalists play tennis much more than golf.)

The important thing is that Bush never said a word about this until now, or used it to make himself look good. That's class.

Posted by John Weidner at May 16, 2008 8:18 AM
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