During his term in office, George W. Bush voluntarily gave up golf because he believed that with soldiers at war, it wouldn’t be right for the Commander In Chief to be playing golf. He actually put the good of the country over his desires for leisure entertainment and self-gratification.
And then we have Duffer In Chief, Barack Obama, who, according to Obama Golf Counter.com, has played, as of August 24, 2015, 248 rounds of golf while in office. He would have played even more, but several scheduled rounds have been tragically canceled due to weather or inescapable impositions imposed by being President of the United States. Obama Golf Counter.com has a complete listing of all of Mr. Obama’s golf outings. He did not, by any means, do most of his golfing at local courses available to the common man, no. Most of his outings involved travel, usually via Air Force One, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in logistics, and substantial disruptions of the lives and livings of those in the areas he chose to grace with his presence. By all means, take the link and see for yourselves, gentle readers.
Last year during Obama’s summer getaway, the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) released footage showing American photojournalist James Foley’s execution.
Moments after Obama publicly condemned the group, saying it had ‘no place in the 21st century,’ he teed off for another round of golf.
A month later, in an interview with ‘Meet the Press,’ Obama acknowledged that he should have recognized the criticism he received for golfing after his announcement on the ISIS video.
No one should begrudge the President a bit of leisure time or the occasional vacation. The problem–one of many–is that while screeching incessantly that the world is on the very precipice of environmental catastrophe such that failure to give Mr. Obama even more unprecedented and unconstitutional powers, and failure to give his green energy cronies untold taxpayers gazillions, will result in the very destruction of the planet, he is flying to far-flung and very high-priced playgrounds of the rich and infamous, laying down a truly epic carbon footprint.
So let me sum up. We know that human activity is changing the climate. That is beyond dispute. Everything else is politics if people are denying the facts of climate change. We can have a legitimate debate about how we are going to address this problem; we cannot deny the science. We also know the devastating consequences if the current trend lines continue. That is not deniable. And we are going to have to do some adaptation, and we are going to have to help communities be resilient, because of these trend lines we are not going to be able to stop on a dime. We’re not going to be able to stop tomorrow.
But if those trend lines continue the way they are, there’s not going to be a nation on this Earth that’s not impacted negatively. People will suffer. Economies will suffer. Entire nations will find themselves under severe, severe problems. More drought; more floods; rising sea levels; greater migration; more refugees; more scarcity; more conflict.
Right. I’ll believe that when he–and other environmentalist doomsayers–starts acting as though any of it were true. If Mr. Obama stopped acting like he were particularly entitled royalty instead of an elected official, that would be encouraging as well. Fore!
PS: Lest one think me overly harsh and unfair regarding Mr. Obama’s workplace diligence, go here, and then let’s chat.