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While Rome Burns

posted at 4:12 pm on October 28, 2009 by

Circumstances yesterday prevented me from reading James Taranto’s BOTWT (as is my wont), so I’m only now reacting to this quotation from Politico, which Taranto cites:

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.)

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The other stuff was somewhat old news to me, but DARN! That golfing really hurts.

Black Yoshi on October 28, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Not to mention the economy which is cratering around us. Also, Bozo has plenty of time for parties and campaigning.

There is a WSJ piece on all of Bozo’s social activities. he’s doing everything BUT the tasks his office requires him to fulfill.

dogsoldier on October 28, 2009 at 4:55 PM

So… next we’ll hear Michelle is rearranging the deck chairs? (Wink, nudge.)

J.E. Dyer on October 28, 2009 at 5:19 PM

I doubt it, J.E.. She would relegate that task to one of her 27 (count ‘em, 27) attendants.

Howard Portnoy on October 28, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Well, OK. Michelle would “have the deck chairs rearranged.”

We can at least be sure she would wear a sleeveless sheath to direct the rearrangement, regardless of weather.

J.E. Dyer on October 28, 2009 at 5:55 PM

The wonders of the State Media narrative again.

That Obama is “out of touch” is pretty obvious, and his wife has a heck of a Marie Antoinette complex. Obama’s political ratings have been dropping for some time now, and were the media to cover his golfing, concerts, kobe beef, etc while discussing “funployment” it would crater his personal improvement ratings too.

18-1 on October 28, 2009 at 10:02 PM

I doubt it, J.E.. She would relegate that task to one of her 27 (count ‘em, 27) attendants.

Howard Portnoy on October 28, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Snopes still has her at 24. Some new hires?

Obama’s reply to this article “There you go again.” It was a lot funnier when RR used it though. I would trade RR’s jockstrap for this entire administration.

GnuBreed on October 28, 2009 at 11:13 PM

I would trade RR’s jockstrap for this entire administration.

GnuBreed: Don’t forget to wait for your change.

Howard Portnoy on October 29, 2009 at 7:53 AM

What’s so unbelievable is the dolts standing in line in Detroit for “Obama cash” think their lives will be just like Obama’s if we redistribute the wealth. Makes you wonder what they’re putting in those Big Macs and colas…

texabama on October 29, 2009 at 10:20 AM