Why does Horrible Person Barack Obama not know that it is totally inappropriate to relax and play golf on Memorial Day? It’s like he’s peeing on the bodies of dead soldiers. Crabby Brit commentator Nile Gardiner can’t understand why Obama’s Chief of Staff refused to put a stop to this horror:

Does it matter if the president chooses to play golf on Memorial Day, and for the second time in his presidency (he did so as well in 2009)? I think it does, and it displays extraordinarily bad judgment, not only by Obama himself but also by his advisers. His chief of staff for example should have firmly cautioned against it. President Obama is not just any American but Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces. The United States is currently engaged in a major war in Afghanistan with over 100,000 troops on the ground, and more than 1,500 have already laid down their lives for their country.

The least the president can do on Memorial Day is spend the whole day with veterans and servicemen’s families while acknowledging their sacrifice. As Koffler points out above, President George W. Bush stopped playing golf out of respect for the families of Iraq War dead.

Eh, probably a better tribute to the families of the Iraq War dead would have been to just not have an Iraq War. [Telegraph Blogs]

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  • Barb

    It's not like he broke out a game of paintball in the Arlington Memorial burial ground.

    • DaRooster

      Good thinkin'… lots of hiding spots!

    • jus_wonderin

      Red paintballs might be the kicker.

    • Sue4466

      I think the righties would say it's exactly like that.

      They'd be wrong, of course, but they'd say it anyway.

  • pinkocommi

    It's not like he broke out his weiner and pissed in the Arlington Memorial cemetery.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Yes, but he shot a really lousy score; that little white ball always bouncing off the headstones.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I'd be willing to bet that more than 90% of our military's active duty field grade and general rank officers played golf on Sunday. On Monday, too. Every permanent military installation on the fucking planet has a golf course. In the Air Force, when we have to do construction, it's much more difficult to shut down the golf course than it is to shut down the fucking runway.

    • Doktor Zoom

      Well, when you consider the number of people inconvenienced, that just makes sense.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        It's not so much the number of people, but the number of stars on their shoulders.

        • Doktor Zoom

          Duh, I meant people who matter.

    • ttommyunger

      Snark aside, I told my Mustang son when he received his Commission as a 2nd Lt. that I knew he would probably have to do things he did not personally agree with to uphold his responsibilities as an Officer and I only asked one thing of him: if he ever had to play Golf, he was to never, ever tell me.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        My dad refused to play golf with his bosses. Probably one of the reasons he retired as a major.

        • ttommyunger

          My late dad (an AF Chaplain) told me he would never had made Major if he had not learned to drink at the General's Parties. He also took up Golf. Retired as Full Bull. Case closed.

  • What if all the holes were marked with American flags? Does he get a pass then?

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    If George W. Bush really wanted to do something for the troops, he should have kept playing golf…

    …and never led them into Iraq.

    deit: Dammit, Wonkette Jr.!! JINX

    • GOPCrusher

      Well, George W. Bush was so patriotic, he never took time out of his busy schedule to go to Dover AFB and watch them unload flag draped coffins.

    • arihaya

      If George W. Bush really wanted to do something for the troops, he should've eaten more Pretzel, for America's sake

  • DaRooster

    It was the BEST day to go golfing. I am sure there was no one out there… especially no one benefiting financially from the current wars. They were all hanging out with service peoples families… drinking Bud and eating BBQ.

    • AJWjr.

      He wanted to go skiing instead, but the season's pretty much over here.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    And, oh yeah, whiny British guy, "President George W. Bush stopped playing golf out of respect for the families of Iraq War dead" and maybe a latent sense of shame that he started those wars. Though I doubt it.

    • horsedreamer_1

      Did he really stop, though?

      I seem to recall Dubya getting in a few rounds after the pledge.

    • LetUsBray

      I heard two different stories about that:

      A) Shrub hurt his rotator cuff or something and couldn't play golf, and then claimed he was doing it out of respect.

      B) He was just lying, and continued to play golf.

      If pressed, I'd go with B).

    • zhubajie

      I heard he fasted from sugar.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    I ate a hamburger on Memorial Day. Yay.

    I'll probably eat one today, too, since there are 4 people in my family, the buns come in an 8-pack, and I hate when they sit in the back of the fridge for 2 weeks, getting stale.

    • DaRooster

      If it was from that one "Hill" place its OK… plenty patriotic.

    • Texan_Bulldog

      Damnit! Real Americans are supposed to eat at least 2 burgers per sitting. What the hell's the matter with you? Leftovers..such a European concept.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        I hear ya', man. I could very easily eat two of the somewhat large burgers I grill, and the chips and the potato salad and the regular salad and the corn on the cob. But nowadays we're trying to make "healthy choices" in my family, since we've noticed our 11-year-old tipped the scale at over 100 lbs., because the only exercise she seems to get these days is keeping up with daddy at mealtime.

        We even gave up meat for lent, for Christsakes! (And I'm not even Catholic anymore!)

        So as a result, I get most of my calories from Gin n' Tonics.

        • Texan_Bulldog

          You're being a good, supportive dad, LC. There is nothing meaner than a pack of prissy girls towards an overweight girl. Yikes!

          • Lascauxcaveman

            Well, she's about the middle of the pack, weight-wise, in her peer group, and the recognized academic leader of her class, as well as the diplomat and everybody's pal, etc. So nobody's even thinking of picking on her. Pretty remarkable kid, in all respects. Still, I wish she could keep up with me on the bicycles and the hiking and playing tennis and basketball and whatnot.

            For God's sake, I'm 50 years old and my right knee barely functions. The kids these days.

          • Texan_Bulldog

            Do the more active Wii or Xbox games with her where she has to dance, move around a lot. That way exercise is more like play.

            Sounds like she has a good head on her shoulders. Don't worry–she'll figure out being healthy and active is the smart way to go. How else is she going to be able to fit into the Brittany Spears hooker line of clothes? Just kidding!!

  • SexySmurf

    I may have spent most of Monday looking at internet porn, but I did it in honor of the troops.

    • SorosBot

      Raise your staff and wave it for the troops!

    • Barb

      Saving Ryan's Privates?

    • "Stroke play" indeed.

    • jus_wonderin

      I spent most of it watching the Aliens movies. It cheers me to see a future brighter than the one I imagine we are headed for.

      • DaRooster

        They'll save us yet… I know it.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Raise a glass to good ole Private Harry Partz!

  • SorosBot

    Obama should have honored the original spirit of Memorial Day. Memorial Day was originally Decoration Day, a day began after the Civil War as a celebration by newly freed former slaves and to honor the Union soldiers who beat those sorry traitors. So Obama should go to the South and give a a speech like "North totally kicked the South's asses when they tried their petty rebellion and now black people are full citizens and, oh yeah, I'm black and I'm the President, bitches."

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Add a few "my fellow Americans'", "honoring our fallen's" and cap it off with "God Bless America" and you've got a winner.

      Also something along the lines of "Nyah-nyah-na-nyah-nyah."

      • AJWjr.

        Not to mention a hearty "who killed bin Laden"? Oh, that's right…

    • DaRooster

      Hmm… really strange there wasn't a whole lotta mention of these facts…

    • finallyhappy

      Triple thumbs up but I am not allowed to do that!

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    If it ain't Gervais, Hitchens, Dawkins, Hawking or LimeyLizzie, fuck 'em. Ain't British.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      And Pythons.

    • Limeylizzie

      Weeping happily to be in such august company…

    • KeepFnThatChicken

      Baldar, Da, I am so ashamed.

    • zhubajie

      I'm hoping that Hitchens will soon be re-incarnated as an Iraqi.

    • user-of-owls

      Gin-soaked former Trotskyite popinjay…FTW!

    • fuflans

      and izzard.

    • KeepFnThatChicken

      Or Tim Minchin. How the fuck did I miss so many?!

      deit: Minchin's Australian. Nevermind.

    • axmxz

      Or Stephen Fry, or Tom Stoppard.

  • Doktor Zoom

    I'm tired of everyone constantly refighting the Golf War.

  • Bonzos_Bed_Time

    The big question is, and I find it curious that the MSM didn't comment on this, did he also chew gum while playing gulf?

    Cuz' that would have REALLY been disrespectful to our veterans.

  • horsedreamer_1

    Shorter David Letterman: "Anybody want some Presidentially-chewed gum?"

  • Goonemeritus

    Didn’t our Vets fight for the right to play an idiotic game dressed like crap with a bunch of people you would normally chew your leg off to get away from. After all is this not Freedom is this not America?

  • notreelyhelping

    Talk about a nice walk spoiled….

  • OC_Surf_Serf

    Hey, Nile Gardiner, why don't you fuck off and watch this drive…

  • Cat_Damon

    "Eh, probably a better tribute to the families of the Iraq War dead would have been to just not have an Iraq War."

    Riley? is that you???

  • BornInATrailer

    Not to mention if you are "doing" the trees.

    (And is Arbor Arbor what they call it at Little Caesars?)

  • bigdupa

    He should have done what I did- watched "Patton" in HD. Slapping soldiers never looked so good. It ain't shoveling shit in Louisiana…

    • BaldarTFlagass

      I had to do the Kelly's Heroes thing. Woof woof!

  • HistoriCat

    I think the haters believe he's already reenacting the Tet offensive.

  • SayItWithWookies

    I'm glad this writer understands the real importance of having days of remembrance and the ceremonies that go along with them — so that we can use them as cudgels to beat others who don't follow whatever set pattern of rituals we deem is appropriate.

  • HistoriCat

    "Or is it just being black and playing golf that makes you hate the troops?"

    You're half right.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Meh. If Barry had been caddying like any other self-respecting Negro, Gardiner wouldn't be collapsing on to his fainting couch.

  • PsycWench

    He shoulda been grilling burgers as God intended.

  • arihaya

    well he is not reenacting Normandy landing,but I'm pretty sure he is "landing" on Michele

  • PsycWench

    You know what's REALLY unpatriotic? Trolly downfisting.

    (I didn't see any downfisting. I just thought this was an essential point to make.)

  • hagajim

    Maybe he should have just rubbed one out on Michelle?

    • DaRooster

      That's what I… doh.

  • Lucidamente1

    Time for Wonkette Jr. to start a new recurring thread:

    What Half-Assed Bullshit Did Nile Gardiner Produce Today?

    Easy pickings at:

    • elviouslyqueer

      Looking at Gardiner's smug mug reminds me… isn't Massengill looking for a new spokesmodel?

    • AJWjr.

      Fucking Tory.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    It's a fucking holiday!!! Why should he have to work? He doesn't have a job at the convenience store. I guess if he went home to Hawaii and played golf on Christmas day, the god-botherers would all be rending their garments.

  • Guppy06

    Would they rather he play basketball?

    • jus_wonderin

      Nah, handing out watermelons to the poor war widows and widowers.

    • RadioJr.

      …or if he was a caddy?

  • One thing we all learned from the Tiger experience, is that black men don't belong in Country Clubs (unless you are a caddy or a beer bitch, of course). Shame on Barry for even trying…on a holiday, no less!

    • notgross

      You left out greens keeper.

      • Sorry, but I don't believe in affirmative action. Besides, nobody can't compete with the Messicans in that department.

  • JoeBiteme

    Why do I get the feeling these people are constantly fighting the urge to add the word 'boy' to any discussion of the President…

    • jus_wonderin

      Edith Keeler: "Even when he doesn't say it, he does."

  • BZ1

    ..and, horrors, he chewed gum as well…

    • BaldarTFlagass

      But he did probably smoke a Lucky Strike or two, to honor the troops.

      • axmxz

        As long as it wasn't a Menthol.

  • Guppy06

    To honor veterans, Barry should have proposed a budget that swaps the funds totals for Defense and Veterans Affairs.

  • Naked_Bunny

    Obama should have shown his respect for our soldiers by wearing a flightsuit while playing golf.

  • Boredw/Gravitas

    I'd be concerned if he started shirting or shoeing them.

  • SayItWithWookies

    The president did pay his respects in the morning, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, but later in the day traveled to Fort Belvoir to play golf.

    Wait — so it's not like President Obama didn't honor our war dead at all — Nile, the mincing pommie twit, has his knickers in a bunch because our president didn't spend the whole goddamn day honoring our dead? Is Limpopo Gardiner equally upset that Obama probably peed yesterday as well? I'll bet that was extremely disrespectful. And listen, Mr. Mersey Gardiner — our country fought a goddamn revolution so we wouldn't have to listen to the petty whining ponce-drivel of chinless royalty-worshipping cross-eyed quidnuncs such as yourself. Get the fuck over it.

    • GeneralLerong

      Go, Wooks! "quidnuncs" was especially choice.

    • axmxz

      Mississippi Gardiner does not approve of pooping on Memorial Day.

  • The British are telling us how to honor our war dead? That's cheeky. Our troops kicked British butt in the Revolutionary War, then kicked their ass again War of 1812. Then saved their ass in WWI. And saved their ass again in WWII. Perhaps the Brits should take note and work on their own golf game before they start crying in their cucumber sandwiches about how Americans do things.

    • All true, but for truthiness, justice, and fair play, I feel compelled to mention that we did snooker their asses into the debacle that is Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    • SorosBot

      We kicked the British asses in the War of 1812? Huh, and here I thought there was a country called Canada to the north of us made of their former territories we were trying to conquer.

      • We kicked their asses after they sacked D.C., right?

        • BlueStateLibel

          I suppose technically having the enemy burn down your capital isn't really "kicking their ass," but this is America!

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            Hey, most Texans think they won at the Alamo (where they chanted USA! USA! after kicking Santa Ana's ass.) Some of 'em even think Bush was a great president — I think it's the heat that gets to 'em.

      • I'm sure sure you're right. I got my information from Michele Bachmann.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      I think they would have had to kick the Argentines out of the Falklands with rocks and harsh language if we hadn't provided them the logistical support to sail their ships halfway one-third of the way one-fourth of the way around the world.

      • user-of-owls

        Best goddamned war over a sheep-infested piece of rock in the South Atlantic ever!

        p.s. That odious cunt Thatcher could have actually kicked the Argentines out by just going on a two-month long scones bender while waiting for the poor wretched conscripts on the island to choke on mutton or freeze to death.

        • zhubajie

          The largest group of casualties were Hong Kong sailors conscripted along with their freighters.

  • Steverino247

    I spent the day with a disabled Iraq War veteran. He probably would have rather been playing golf, though. He gets to use special rules since he's legally blind, thanks to the assholes responsible for starting that fucking war.

  • Doktor Zoom

    Lordy…reminds me of the old Bloom County strip where the only editorial headline the editor could think of was "IT'S REAGAN'S FAULT!" Run that baby!

  • vodkamuppet

    Yesterday was memorial day? Oh! That explains why my chick didn't give me any shit for being drunk at 2 in the afternoon. She usually pitches a huge fit when I do that. Man time flies, it seems like just yesterday was veterans day and I forgot to give a fuck. Pretty soon it'll be time to not give a fuck about fathers day.

    • Just do not forget that the first responders' high holy day is this Friday. No, not 9/11 you sillies, Friday is National Donut Day, time to Krispy Kreme your favorite copper.

      • vodkamuppet

        You know, there really aren't enough American holidays centered around food. Is there a chicken ring day?

  • ThundercatHo

    Yeah. Our real Merkin, wannabe presnit lady, Ms. Sarah honored our troops by riding on the back of a hog over to the Lincoln memorial to give old honest Abe a lap dance.

  • Limeylizzie

    Crabby Brit commentator "Limeylizzie" tells Nile Gardiner to just fuck off and worry about the fucking chinless wonders on the Civil List and leave the handsome black man alone.

  • metamarcisf

    The president play golf on Memorial Day? He may as well have taken a crap in the middle of Arlington National Cemetary.

  • RadioJr.

    Did anybody make a bogey man joke yet?

  • problemwithcaring

    The least the president can do on Memorial Day is spend the whole day with veterans and servicemen’s families while acknowledging their sacrifice.

    Next year, if he can't find a servicemen's family that can hang out with him until bedtime, he should "rendition" one and hold them indefinitely. It's what Reagun would have done.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      He's their commander-in-chief; he can just order them to come over to the White House. And give the service/family member all kinds of crazy orders, like in that old Simon Says game we played as kids.

    • finallyhappy

      He played golf AT FORT BELVOIR- so wouldn't he have been with servicemen and women. IS the Brit so dumb – does he think Fort Belvoir is a country club?

  • As Koffler points out above, President George W. Bush stopped playing golf out of respect for the families of Iraq War dead.

    He stopped, until he started again. It lasted a couple of days.

    Anyway, Barry wasn't bowling. That's a damned good thing.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    GWB = Golfing While Black

    There's probably a joke in there somewhere, but I'm fucking tired. Someone help me out here.

  • notgross

    Memorial Day does not equal Veterans Day. M-Day is for the dead veterans, especially those who died in war. I'm guessing the dead veterans don't really care what the POTUS was doing yesterday.

  • user-of-owls

    Well, if this fucking butternut squash-faced [fucking BRITISH] ponce is upset, then I suppose we all should be as well, right?

    So, pip pip, off to sell a poppy old thing.

  • snicker snack

    This Arbor Arbor holiday sounds super sexy. Sign me up for extra panting while doing something to a tree.

    • PuckStopsHere

      Oh, to be a tree.

      • snicker snack

        Sweetie, as long as you bring your big, long, hockey stick, we're good.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    For what it is worth, Bush did not give up golf for the troops (although he tried to claim this latter). He gave up golf because of a knee injury, and he only did so after a couple of years of war.

    That being said, I thought it was a bit garish when Obama teed one up on the wreath he laid at the tomb of the unknown soldier yesterday.

  • MozakiBlocks

    Hey wingnuts – just to save time and column space everytime Barry does something to get your panties in a twist, repeat after me.

    "Because he's a black man".

  • ttommyunger

    I also have it on good authority that every ball he selected to smack was a WHITE Ball. Can you fucking believe it?

  • bikerlaureate

    Boehner likes to golf. Where was he all day Monday?

  • lochnessmonster

    If the POTUS stayed at the tomb of the unknown for the whole day, that would be wrong too.

  • Sparky_McGruff

    Are we really sure he was playing golf? I suspect that's a cover story. I'm pretty sure he was raping a white woman at the time, or at least setting up a three-card monte game behind the liquor store.

  • Serolf_Divad

    Should have spent the whole day on his knees with a sack cloth robe draped around his waist, flagellating his bleeding back with a cat of nine tails while kissing a rosary, like the albino monk in The Davinci Code… or newt Gingrich.

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