I’ll admit it: I don’t play or follow sports. Any sports. Not the one with the orange ball and the circle to throw it through; not the one with the stick and the ball and the squares the players jump on; and definitely not the one where they use the sticks to hit the tiny balls into little holes in the grass.
Contrary to all this, I love the Olympics and good inspirational sports movie will make me misty every damn time, but that’s not our point here.
In spite of my near-total lack of interest in sports, I do enjoy recreation. This would be because I am a human being and all work and no play makes Jack…you know.
But oh, do Americans love to harass their president for taking time off, and we’re not afraid to politicize it. Republicans pundits are busy hassling President Obama because he has played 100 golf games since he took office, most recently just yesterday. Their frothing at the mouth is as ridiculous as it is predictable. They describe the president as self-indulgent (perpetually, no less) and lazy.
I’m waiting for someone to criticize President Obama for having bodily functions, or for leaving his office to eat his meals instead of having nutrition delivered intravenously. And how dare he sleep? What kind of a lazy slug of a president is this, who dares to stop working, ever?
Remember when President GW Bush gave up golf “for the soldiers”? I have no idea how his abstention from the game helped anyone (and he certainly wasn’t averse to recreation and vacation for himself, in spite of eschewing golf), but the conservative pundits certainly enjoyed it.
This “story” (and I’d argue that there’s nothing here except people making money off of heating up the far right) is more evidence of how ridiculous much of our political media has become, creating issues where issues don’t exist. So the president plays golf more weekends than not. It doesn’t matter.
The lesson, too, is this: whether conservative or liberal, we need to stop and think about whether we would criticize a president on the other side for the same thing. If not, we’re fuming for no good reason, and there is plenty to worry about without making stuff up.