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President Bush Gave Up Golf Out of Respect to Soldiers

Yesterday, President Bush sat down with Politico and Yahoo! to discuss his golf game, emailing habits, and the Iraq War. Here are some of the highlights from the interviewee-in-chief:

  • What if a Democrat is elected? Bush's "doomsday scenario of course is that extremists throughout the Middle East would be emboldened, which would eventually lead to another attack on the United States."
  • On sacrifices he's making for the Iraq war? Bush gave up golf. "I didn't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."
  • To see how Bush answered a question from the online audience about whether he felt he had been misled prior to the invasion of Iraq,


    • On Iraq Intelligence? "Do I think somebody lied to me? No, I don't. I think it was just, you know, they analyzed the situation and came up with the wrong conclusion."
    • Does he think that a nasty presidential campaign could turn to race? "My own judgment is, is that race will only enter in if it's provoked by the press."
    • And what about email and the google? Giving it up to avoid leaks, Bush said he looks forward to "e-mailing to my buddies. I can remember as governor I stayed in touch with all kinds of people around the country, firing off e-mails at all times of the day to stay in touch with my pals."

    I somehow look forward to seeing what "W" gets up to once he's out of the White House. Will he still make the news cycle? Do you think his popularity will rise, or stay desperately low as he fades into the Texas sunset?


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