While Rome Burns
posted at 4:12 pm on October 28, 2009 by Howard Portnoy
Obama has only been in office for just over nine months, but he’s already hit the links as much as President Bush did in over two years.
CBS’ Mark Knoller — an unofficial documentarian and statistician of all things White House-related — wrote on his Twitter feed [Saturday] that, ‘Today – Obama ties Pres. Bush in the number of rounds of golf played in office: 24. Took Bush 2 yrs & 10 months.’
What a guy!
As Taranto further notes, the day on which this record-setting achievement was first brought to light, the AP carried a report from Kabul noting that “eight American troops were killed in two separate bomb attacks Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, making October the deadliest month of the war for U.S. forces since the 2001 invasion to oust the Taliban.”
Yeah, I know — it’s somebody else’s fault. Just ask Obama front man Rahm Emanuel. He’ll tell you the same thing he told CNN. Namely,
It’s clear that basically we had a war for eight years that was going on, that’s adrift. That we’re beginning at scratch, and just from the starting point, after eight years. . . . Before you commit troops . . . there’s a set of questions that have to have answers that have never been asked.
Cut to Taranto: “Hang on a second. It has now been 51 weeks since Obama was elected president, and more than nine months since he took office, and he’s just now getting around to asking the ‘questions . . . that have never been asked’?
To add a perspective missing from Taranto’s analysis, the statement that “we’re beginning at scratch, and just from the starting point” is a bald-face lie. The outgoing administration not only provided the incoming one with a complete dossier on the war that Obama swore early on was a “war of necessity.” It is also furnished the Obama team with a general (Petraeus) who was intimately familiar with details of the campaign, along with the same Secretary of Defense. Presumably one of these men would have been more than happy to sit down with Obama to bring him up to speed.
But . . . but — golf! Come on! He’s gotta play a couple, few rounds o’ golf, doesn’t he? Those guys in uniform — they can wait, can’t they?
All I can tell you is that Mad Magazine in the Harvey Kurtzman days (God love it) was fond of depicting Dwight Eisenhower with a golf club slung over his shoulder. Imagine what Kurtzman could do with the present clown if he had lived. (Kurtzman, that is; no telling whether Obama had a pulse to start with.)