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Friday, 26 September, 2014

The 40th Ryder Cup golf tournament starts today at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire in Scotland. What gives it a special edge is that the US will want to make amends for its defeat two years ago, when the home side led 10-6 going into the singles before Europe’s historic final-day fightback. It is expected that President Obama, an avid golfer, will take time out from his very full schedule to catch some of the games on TV. “Does President Obama play too much golf?” is what Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank asked earlier this year. Intro:

On June 14, Sunni rebels threatened Baghdad after seizing much of Iraq — and President Obama fearlessly played a round at the Sunnylands Golf Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

The next day, the militants posted pictures of their mass execution of Shiite members of Iraq’s security forces — and Obama boldly teed off again, at Oracle founder Larry Ellison’s Rancho Mirage estate.

This reminds one of the life and times of a different president as described by the late Christopher Hitchens: “The President is also captured in a well-worn TV news clip, making a boilerplate response to a question on terrorism and then asking the reporters to watch his drive. Well, that’s what you get if you catch the President on a golf course. If Eisenhower had done this, as he often did, it would have been presented as calm statesmanship. If Clinton had done it, as he often did, it would have shown his charm.” Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.


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