If you missed, Dan Froomkin’s column yesterday, read it now. Read every word. Here’s how it starts:
The nation is in despair over the war in Iraq and the toll it is taking on our troops and their families. But President Bush shows no outward sign of inner pain.
He is chipper in his public pronouncements. His weekly bike rides and daily workouts have put a perpetual spring in his step. He’s always ready with a wisecrack. He just hosted his daughter’s wedding at his multi-million dollar estate in Texas. He takes more vacations than any president in history. He has made clear that he doesn’t lie awake at nights.
And yet now it turns out that Bush has indeed made a personal sacrifice on account of the war. According to the president yesterday, his decision to stop playing golf five years ago wasn’t just an exercise in image control or a function of his bum knee — it was an act of solidarity with the families of the dead and wounded.
Oh, the President has really suffered. And, don’t forget, last year, his wife told us that when it come to Iraq, NO ONE suffers more than George and Laura Bush. Now, we know what Laura meant. George “claims” he had to give up golf. It’s a hard knock life they lead.