Letters to the Editor

Playing round of golf not disrespectful to fallen

A June 5 letter chastised President Barack Obama for playing golf onMemorial Day and for having played golf about 70 other times since he took office. What drivel.

Yes, Obama played golf that day, as did numerous Americans, many of them veterans who nonetheless cherish the sacrifices made by our fallen brethren. Were they disrespectful?

Also that day, the president attended the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Apparently, that was not enough for the writer. Oh, and for those who will protest he missed the ceremony last Memorial Day, let it be noted that former President George H.W. Bush, a World War II veteran, never attended that ceremony while president.

As for the golf, as I recall, President Dwight Eisenhower and President Gerald Ford were avid golfers who played just as much. Good for them. The presidency is probably the most stressful job in the world, and if playing a round of golf every two weeks or so relieves that stress, then wonderful. A little less stress can only help no matter who our president is.

I might note that in his first 19 months in office Obama took 65 vacation days and was at Camp David another 27. His immediate predecessor, over the same period, took 120 days of vacation, with another 78 spent at Camp David.I wonder if the letter writer voiced any criticism of Bush's time away from the office?

Dwight Wolf

Hilton Head Island