He’s being criticized for blowing off the ceremony on Memorial Day and taking a vacation instead. On the one hand, I’m sympathetic to the President. He’s under pressure, and can doubtless use another break. On the other hand, George W. quit playing golf when the war started because, in his words, he “didn’t want the mother of a soldier just killed to see me on television having a good time”. [Update: turns out, I was paraphrasing, but close enough – check the link for what he said exactly]. Obama loves his golf and apparently feels it’s okay to keep it up because it was his predecessor who started the damn war, not he.
I come down on the side that he should be at Arlington – he’s Commander-in-Chief and regardless of who started this mess, he is now responsible for keeping the troops over there, and some are dying every day. I think that going without a golf outing comes with the job.
UPDATE: Another Instalanche! Thanks, Glenn.