He doesn't play golf any more.
For the first time, Bush revealed a personal way in which he has tried to acknowledge the sacrifice of soldiers and their families.
“I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”
Bush said he made that decision after the August 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, which killed Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top U.N. official in Iraq and the organization’s high commissioner for human rights.
“I remember when de Mello, who was at the U.N., got killed in Baghdad as a result of these murderers taking this good man's life,” he said. “I was playing golf — I think I was in central Texas — and they pulled me off the golf course and I said, ‘It's just not worth it anymore to do.’"
Please don't be confused: sport fishing from the family yacht at Kennebunkport is acceptable. Throwing out the first pitch at baseball games is acceptable. Starring in comedy routines that trivialize the lies you told which led to the deaths of 4,000 American soldiers is acceptable.
Playing golf crosses the line and is NOT acceptable.
Update: And it turns out that Bush couldn't even tell the truth about this, neither when he quit playing nor why. Absolutely despicable.