Giving the Good Game of Golf a Bad Name
One the funniest lampoons of overzealous anti-communism was an old SCTV skit of an American father demanding his son get a job because the communists would overrun America on account of his son's lazy fecklessness. Obama's golfing habit made me remember that skit.
One of this nation's most notable presidential golfers was President Eisenhower. And who could blame Ike for putting around? Ike had masterfully led the liberation of a conquered Europe, ended the Korean War by threatening to bomb China, and presided over a booming postwar economy. If any President deserved a few rounds of golf, it was Ike. Even as communist moles in government were unearthed and Soviet spies were being rounded up, Ike's serene strolls around the links must have been a comforting and reassuring distraction to a war weary nation.
LBJ liked to live in his golf shoes as well it seems. The historic hardwood floors of the White House were said to have been pitted and punctured by LBJ's spiked golf cleats. Nixon liked to bowl, Carter canoe-raced with bunny rabbits, and Reagan rode horses. H. W. Bush liked to golf and infamously invited reporters to "read his hips" while jogging one day. Clinton never could seem to kick his Big Mac habit and really was not noted for much extra-curricular activity outside of the Oval Office. Dubya loved the entire outdoors it seems. He biked, hiked, jogged, pitched baseballs, danced on African safaris, and was always on time. And Bush loved to golf. And who could blame Bush? After all, Bush inherited the dot.com bubble, a stripped down and demoralized military being bombed by terrorists in rubber rafts, and an exhaustingly long concession by the world's biggest blow hard loser, Al Gore. And all this was before 9/11.
But Michael Moore made Bush's golfing a false reflection of a snooty and uncaring man playing a rich man's sport while the nation's sons and daughters were in harm's way. (And isn't that just like Michael Moore to care and worry so much about the feelings of our troops?) Quite unfairly, Bush took to heart the warped image Moore had tried to portray. Bush did not want his troops to think he was cavalierly making chip shots from the sand while our troops were being shot in the sand. So Bush famously gave up golf for the rest of his presidency.
This brings the tale of presidential golfing back to Obama. Obama has said, and on many occasions, that he would not rest until every American who wanted a job was able to find one. Obama said that over 70 rounds of golf ago. At roughly 4-5 hours per round, Obama has seemingly spent more days golfing than he did working in the Senate. And what golfer wouldn't love to be able to play unlimited rounds of golf on the taxpayer's dime? And Obama seems so cool and unfazed while golfing, even with 3 wars! Our military is apparently doing something so secret in Libya that even Wikileaks has not deemed fit to tell us about it yet. What ever happened to the carping about an "overstretched and overworked" military being "recklessly" pushed to the "breaking point" to satisfy Halliburton's pathological oil addiction? I guess now that Obama is in charge, pursuing America's national interests is not such dirty and oily work after all.
But Obama's golfing habit is jarringly out of place in this crappy economy. Obama seems to be the only one having any fun. This ought to have a normal press ginning up some normally negative feelings towards Obama. At least Clinton could genuinely fake feeling our pain. And, normally, savvy political opponents would want to stand clear out of the picture and allow the unwary politician to commit political suicide by continuing to putter around in his bubble of self confidence. Apparently John Boehner has better ideas. Boehner has blown his cover as a wimp wrapped in sheep's clothing. Boehner, a golfing fanatic himself, does not seem to have a clue that puttering around while the nation is in great peril is not very reassuring to the natives at all. Boehner apparently did not get the memo that America swarmed the polls to stop Obama in his tracks, repeal his disastrous political "remedies," and to defeat him at every turn. Like Obama's hollow promise to not rest until America was back to work, Boehner's promise to faithfully fight for the Constitution wore off faster than a phony spray on tan.
The nation demanded to see a pay-per-view knock down drag out cage fight over our future. And what we got is our boy Boehner sitting in our corner weeping between rounds of golf. Instead of clawing and scratching for sane government, Boehner seems content on playing scratch golf and hoping to be pals with the man we sent him into battle to utterly defeat. For the love of God even Jimmy Carter fought harder with swimming bunny rabbits.
Golfing is truly an exasperating and all-absorbing sport to play. It is has become even more exasperating to watching two clueless boobs puttering around when the nation is in need of determined and hard working manly leadership. These two "leaders" are giving lazy boys and the good game of golf a bad name. And they both need to be retired to the 19th in twelve.