Bush’s great war sacrifice: giving up golf

PAUL J.RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images Responding to a question from the Politico about why he hasn’t played golf in recent years, U.S. President George W. Bush said: “… playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.” Admittedly, it’s probably a bigger sacrifice than most Americans have made so far, as suggests the recent FP article, “The War We Deserve.” ...

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Responding to a question from the Politico about why he hasn't played golf in recent years, U.S. President George W. Bush said:

"… playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."

PAUL J.RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

Responding to a question from the Politico about why he hasn’t played golf in recent years, U.S. President George W. Bush said:

“… playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”

Admittedly, it’s probably a bigger sacrifice than most Americans have made so far, as suggests the recent FP article, “The War We Deserve.”

(Note: A quick search of Getty Images seems to confirm Bush’s sacrifice: The site doesn’t appear to have any photos of Bush playing golf after Oct. 13, 2003. There are, however, many photos of him driving golf carts, such as the one here of Bush giving his wife Laura and Afghan President Hamid Karzai a ride at Camp David, Maryland, in August 2007.)

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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