President Barack Obama's reputation for disliking everything military is widely believed by many Americans. Is that snappy little salute as he departs the helicopter real or nothing but a brief and disingenuous photo-op?
Fortunately, living in a military area allows our information to be first-hand, not screened by the nation's press.
Obama is, of course, now in full campaign mode. Monday he was off to Arlington National Cemetery to gain some face time speaking about mourning the nation's real heroes before -- before what?
According to Nile Gardiner of the London Telegraph, unlike President George W. Bush, who stopped playing golf out of respect for the surviving families of Iraq war dead, Obama spent Memorial Day afternoon playing his 70th round of golf since taking office, the ninth weekend in a row.
Gardiner titles his column, "Barack Obama's decision to play golf on Memorial Day was disrespectful and hardly presidential." He states: "The least the president can do on Memorial Day is spend the whole day with veterans and servicemen's families while acknowledging their sacrifice. The president's actions smack of poor taste, as well a lack of empathy and support for the U.S. military, hardly the kind of leadership the White House should be projecting at a time of war."
This Brit introduces the simple element of taste our American press lost a long time ago.
To read his commentary, go to:blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner.