Keeping his tee times |

Keeping his tee times

Dear Editor:The day after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, President Bush got in a round of golf. Later that week, the president cut short his month-long vacation to fly to San Diego and give a speech to World War II veterans in celebration of the victory over Japan 60 years ago. On the way back to Washington the president had Air Force One, the 747, fly slowly over New Orleans at 1,700 feet in altitude to better see the storm damage. The next day the president got in another round of golf. I enjoy a round of golf myself, now and then. But if I was the president of the United States and the country had just been hit by the worst natural disaster in the nation’s history, I might just cancel those tee times. There are hundreds of golf jokes about how addictive the sport is, and for good reason. But what seems to be missing here is a sense of priorities.I mention these circumstances because some 40 percent of people polled support the job President Bush is doing. The challenge, as I see it, is to convince a lot more of that 40 percent that they are making a serious mistake. We know that Bush supporters believe so strongly in the president that even the simple facts I mentioned above can be ignored or dismissed as some “liberal” plot.And unfortunately, Fox News and other right-wing outlets will not have much to say about things like Secretary of State Rice catching a Broadway play and shopping for Italian shoes, or the vice president fly-fishing in Wyoming even as the rescue efforts were going on. It is not so much that George W. Bush and his staff aren’t working to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, it is that they just don’t care.Patrick HunterCarbondale

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