Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Why We Golf? Hopefully You Will Understand!!!

Over the last quarter century I have been ribbed why does one actually golf??  Mark Twain once said, "It is a good walk wasted."

I could list a few of my reasons in no particular order:

  1. I'm in touch with nature.
  2. It is relaxing.
  3. I clear my mind.
  4. I don't need a another player.
  5. You could play in the rain, (except lately of course)
  6. Still get to play and wear nice clothes.
  7. You can still play while smoking a cigar.
  8. You can play while drinking.
  9. You can play while eating.
  10. It gets you out of the house.

This past weekend was an interesting 72 hours where we saw British Royalty get married and the killing of the world's most wanted terrorist.

I am simply amazed at the timeline of our President this past weekend. On Friday at 8:20 am, President Obama gave the order for the mission.  He flew to Alabama to comfort tornado victims.  He flew back to the White House Correspondents dinner and took down Donald Trump.  Then Sunday is awesome.

On Sunday, Obama went to play golf in the morning at Andrews Air Force Base. He played 9 holes in chilly, rainy weather and spent a little time on the driving range, as well. Meanwhile, the principals were assembling in the situation room at the White House. They were there from 1:00 PM and stayed put for the rest of the day.

At 2:00, Obama met with the principals back at the White House. At 3:32 he went to the situation room for another briefing. At 3:50 he was told that bin Laden was "tentatively identified." At 7:01 Obama was told there was a "high probability" the high value target at the compound was bin Laden. At 8:30 Obama got the final briefing.

So just before the biggest counter terrorism strike to date,  President Obama was working on his golf game even at the range!!!!!  The next time anyone wants to nag a guy loading the clubs in the back of the car please think of this and what it has done for the country and the world.

On a serious note, there is a why to everything.  This mission was top secret. It had to stay that way.  Nothing could raise eyebrows.

Obama did not carry the assault rifle.  But as Commander-in-Chief, as assembled his team including keeping the previous Secretary of Defense in Robert Gates.  He followed the directive of two former Presidents and he called both before he briefed the nations.  By the way, he was not holding up military pay.  Read your civics, Congress pays the bills.

This wasn't President Obama win.  It was a winner for the Presidency of the United States. It was a win for military he commands (read your Constitution) and finally, it was a win for "We the People."

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