The Politico’s Mike Allen talked with President Bush about why he gave up golf. Bush said, “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died see the Commander in Chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be as — to be in solidarity as best as I can with them, and I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”
CNN pundit Jamal Simmons commented on Bush’s gesture. Simmons said, “If the President wants to show solidarity and respect for the families he should start by coming up with a plan for how we end the war in Iraq. He could have started by having a plan for going into Iraq and securing the country so we wouldn’t be in a situation we would be in today. Stopping playing golf is a nice gesture but I think people want to see something more substantive.”
This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast May 14, 2008.