“Golfghazi” – A New Low In Conservative Media Outrage

roflbot122914It’s not often that I call Republicans and conservatives racist when they complain about something that President Obama did. I honestly believe that like President Clinton, nothing President Obama could ever do would be acceptable to them.


I’m also only slightly exaggerating that if the president were to ever don some camouflage, grab a case of Bud Light and go duck hunting – half of Louisiana’s good ‘ol boys would suddenly burn their hunting clothes, swear off drinking and toss their guns in the bayou. If Michelle Obama said that drinking more water was a good idea and promoted a proper diet and exercise, at least a couple would consider washing down their deep-fried Twinkies and Big Macs with a bottle of Clorox.

So what are they butthurt about this time? The fact that an Army couple were forced to move the location of their wedding due to President Obama wanting to play a round of golf at the same place while on his Christmas vacation. Both the bride and groom were warned ahead of time that the spot they wanted may not be available because the president would be in the area and if he was, he might want to play golf.

Now, I’m not a member of the military but last time I checked, if someone who is your commanding officer decides you’re going to go on a 10 mile march at 4 am on a Sunday morning, you’re going on a 10 mile march at 4 am on a Sunday morning – in the rain. If your commander-in-chief says they want you to fly into another country on a classified helicopter to exterminate a terrorist and you aren’t ever supposed to tell anyone about that mission…well, you say “yes, sir!” and you hop your ass in the helicopter.

Bloomberg originally reported the story from what I can see, and the outrage from right-wing sites seems to be a deflection attempt on a day when national outlets broke the story that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) had attended a Neo-Nazi/KKK conference back in 2002. To be fair, Fox News reported the story in a way that was rather fair, for once:

The couple reportedly ended up moving to a lush site overlooking the 16th hole, which one of the wedding planners said was more secluded and prettier anyway.

The White House may not have even known about the wedding in advance.

And after Bloomberg asked the White House about the incident, Obama apparently tried to make it right.

McCarthy told Bloomberg the president called the bride to apologize and congratulate them. “Made their day,” she said.

A source familiar with the incident confirmed the phone call to Fox News. (Source)



Anyhow, the couple are both Army captains. Both were warned in advance that their commander-in-chief might be playing golf and they might have to move their location, which ended up happening. With any other president, this wouldn’t be news – except that we’re currently running in a 24 hour news cycle of things that one side of the aisle or the other is supposed to be outraged by.

A government shutdown that affected all Americans and caused thousands of government workers to go without pay? Not a problem to the right-wing. To them, it was necessary to stop wasteful government spending, and by wasteful government spending they mean just the programs they didn’t like. To the right-wing media, a couple of Army officers being forced to move the spot of their wedding to another part of a golf course was absolutely outrageous. It’s “Golfghazi,” the greatest scandal to rock the White House since Benghazi – or “Umbrellagate,” or “Coffeegate,” or “Footghazi,” or “Jeansgate,” or “Suitgate,” or…should I go on?

I bet they would have been mortified if President Obama had ordered this same couple to go to a war based on lies and faulty intelligence…oh wait, that was President Bush.

Gee, I wonder what their outrage would have been like if this couple was gay?



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  • Jim Bean

    I suppose the question one would ask is, “which would a reasonable person give priority to? A long planned once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully) wedding event, or someone’s easily re-schedulable round of golf?”

    I suspect that if the President had been a white Republican and the bride and groom had been black, the Left would be writing about all the racial implications associated with this.

    • Frank DiCuffolk

      Bush was pilloried by liberals for playing golf andfor giving up golf.

      • Jim Bean

        No one can live up to their standards. Not even them.

      • hellyeah_rook

        Because Bush liked to play golf during national crisis like hurricane Katrina..

      • Frank DiCuffolk

        Except he didn’t, though, hellyeah.

        But, hey, you keep repeating that canard, Here it gets you up-votes.

      • Tonyfromteeoh

        Bush also declared, “Mission Over” Obama is still trying to make that statement true! How many years later? Go back to blogging on your favourite neo-nazi website! You’ll feel at home.

      • The Chutney Love Boat

        No, he didn’t declare “Mission Over”, Tony.

        Like hellyeah, you don’t know your ass from your elbow.

      • Reader

        He may not have said those words but I remember him boarding a ship in a flightsuit standing under a Hugh banner that said in big bold letters Mission Accomplished. Do you guys have short memories or just decided not to remember major events in history.

      • Daniel K

        “Mission Accomplished” and ceasing all major combat operations.

      • The Chutney Love Boat

        He didn’t say that, either. Bush didn’t say either one of those things.

        Liberals never know what they’re talking about.

      • Daniel K

        So that big-ass sign hanging behind him on the aircraft carrier was a typo?

      • The Chutney Love Boat

        So if I take a picture of you walking by a big-ass sign then it means you said what was written on the sign.

      • regressive white trash reli

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        ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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      • Daniel K

        And this liberal is an infantry combat veteran.

      • The Chutney Love Boat

        Your point is what, exactly?

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        Yes he DID say Mission Accomplished!! He was standing on a ship and made that statement! I watched it.

      • The Chutney Love Boat

        No, you didn’t ‘see’ that, Marilyn. You saw him give a speech under a banner that he didn’t out there. But you didn’t see him say Mission Accomplished.

      • regressive white trash reli

        ^^^^^NEW^^^TROLL^^^CRYBABY^^^PROFILE^^^^

      • regressive white trash reli

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      • Reader

        When and who cares is someone gives up golf??? A lot of people give up golf mainly because they find they are not good at it and don”t need the frustration it causes them. I think you are stretching with that argument.

    • Linda

      Guess what? The president didn’t know about it. After he learned about it, he called the couple. They were fine with it. So, I suppose the question one would ask is, “which would a reasonable person give credence to? Information from a right wing publications known to hate anything Obama, or what the author of the article laid out?”

    • djtejas

      I suppose the question one would ask, who schedules their wedding on a golf course during operating hours when anyone could be playing golf?
      Turns out the couple had no hard feelings about it and were happy to hear from the President later….sounds like people making and issue of it are the ones that shouldn’t be.

    • Cemetery Girl

      Doesn’t it make sense for you to have more of an issue with the country club that makes it a policy to move once in a lifetime events to accommodate high profile repeat (or potentially repeat) customers? It isn’t a race thing. It is a business practice thing. It seems that the couple were aware of this practice, didn’t mind it, and were still able to begin their marriage.

    • Ann Goggins

      Actually he was unaware that his round of golf displaced the wedding. I also thought that had he known, he would have rescheduled. Apparently it would not have been easy to reschedule even had he wanted to just due to the security planning and set up for such an outing.

  • Jordan

    Jim Bean, at it again. I suppose the words “told in advance” mean nothing to you?

    • Nancy B

      Do NOT feed the troll.

      • Jordan

        I tried troll spray on another post. It didn’t work 🙁

  • Pipercat

    Another nontroversy.

    • Eg Kbbs

      Didn’t you notice that President Obama is wearing a white shirt and white cap and it was well after Labor Day. What other president would be so gauche as to wear white after labor day ?

      Why aren’t we having a congressional inquiry into this severe breech of Presidential powers ?

      Of course, if I were a real Faux news type commenting on this, I would liberally (kind of paradoxical to use that word in this context) sprinkle my comment with all sorts of demeaning insults.

      • Pipercat

        Don’t forget espousing totally fallacious nonsense; conflating things like applesauce and bolt cutters into heinous, impeachable offenses.

      • emeraldeyes24

        Of course it’s Hawaii with perpetual summertime… and the livin’ is easy!! Therefore, there is no ban on white after Labour Day.

  • polliwogg

    I’d happily give up my wedding venue if it got me a phone call from the president.

    • Guest

      But it didn’t…

      • Reader

        He did call them a guest made a video which I watched on the news and the couple invited him to the reception but he declined saying the other guest would not like the security the secret service would put them through.

  • urljet2

    Any other president would have asked to attend the wedding….Not displace it for a round of golf. Strictly low class

    • Tom Winstead

      Because presidents attend impromptu things like weddings all the time. The Secret Service doesn’t mind that at all

    • Tonyfromteeoh

      Sounds like you would know exactly what is “low class!”

      • urljet2

        you for one.

      • Tonyfromteeoh

        Transference is such a debilitating pathology! I won’t laugh at you. It is sad and you have my sympathies!

    • Reader

      He would not due to the security it would entail and he is not a party crasher. The couple did invite him to the reception he declined because of the security the other guests would have to go through. And I would bet that if he knew there was a wedding scheduled on that day at that time he is the type of President that would have rescheduled his golf — I know I KNOW you do not think that.

    • Pipercat

      … and at these weddings that other Presidents asked to attend, was the main course, Roulade de hareng rouge aux Crabes des Neiges?

      • urljet2

        that I can’t say..however, after reading your post its apparent that tu suce

      • Pipercat

        Took you three months to come up with that? Now that’s a vacuum!

    • Daniel K

      Support your claim, since you seem to know what other Presidents would do.

      • urljet2

        let me rephrase that…A president with a touch of class

  • haseloff

    Oh, ok. This makes it ok. They’re both military people. They were warned in advance ( even though weddings are planned 12-16 months out). Well, the president MIGHT be here and if he is he MIGHT want to golf. What exactly was Obama’s response when told that an event was already planned? “Out of my way, peasants.”
    “Anyhow, the couple are both Army captains. Both were warned in advance that their commander-in-chief might be playing golf and they might have to move their location, which ended up happening. With any other president, this wouldn’t be news – except that we’re currently running in a 24 hour news cycle of things that one side of the aisle or the other is supposed to be outraged by.

    • Nancy B

      Please cite the news source you used to indicate that the President was told in advance that he was misplacing a wedding. Or maybe Obama called you and told you himself?

    • Reader

      The President was NOT aware of the wedding. That is why he called to apologize about what happened. Trust me I spent 30 years with my military husband and no one but no one wants to give the Big Guy bad news. If any one should say they are sorry is the golf course who was not going to tell the President of the United States that he could not play golf then. Instead they opted to inform the wedding couple who did not seem to mind the move at all. Being military people they just rolled with it as military people are used to doing.

    • Ole Man

      Weddings are planned 12-16 months out? In what universe? ROFL!

      • haseloff

        Sorry if I offended I’m sure your Vegas shindig was beautiful. Mine took 18 months but that was between two deployments one for my wife and one for myself.

      • Ole Man

        Yours was certainly unusual circumstances. And truly glad that you both made it back safely.
        — A ‘Nam Vet

      • The Chutney Love Boat

        Big game this afternoon, Ole Man. Would love to get a riad win to start the conference season.

        Go Hoosiers!

    • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

      Who cares? Go get a good book and read something more interesting than this silly story. Why are you trying to make something more of it than anyone else is? I guess Obama should have called the golf course and asked if anyone was getting married that day huh? Ridiculous!!

  • haseloff

    Also, “Because he’s their Commander-in-Chief” doesn’t make it right. I have people that work for me in the military. I don’t shit on them “because I can and that’s how rank works”. Idiots.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Who exactly is shitting on them because they can? Is this really your outrage of the day? You should really get a life, just like the rest of the right wing nut jobs out there. And just because you happened to be employed by the US govt, this doesn’t mean you have any clue what those two officers getting married knew. It actually seems like they were very happy to have gotten the call from their Commander in Chief if you watch the video. Maybe you should seek therapy and counseling about your anger issues…idiot

    • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

      I must have missed the “shitting on them” event! Darn, that must have been fun to watch!!! Why is ANYONE making a big ass deal out of this? Get over it! There ARE a few more important things going on in the world besides Obama playing golf and a couple getting married.

  • she

    Sorry, my son Graduated when Obama chose to be there. I have a large family and his graduation was special since he is a special needs student. He, my son, was looking forward to seeing all of his aunts and uncles there. What really sucked was that #1 we couldn’t get close enough to really see, what I did see was the disgust on Obama’s face when he had to shake his hand. Not as compassionate as a president might be. I couldn’t even get a picture of my son because we weren’t allowed to move around during the ceremony. He just needs to stay out of people’s lives, show come consideration for those of us who just want things normal without having to but into everything. He could have waited until the wedding was over. It’s not like he’s never played the course.

    • Grannyb2

      Graduated from what/where? Please post a pix of the Prez showing disgust at having to shake your son’s hand? Is compassion a proper emotion to display at a graduation?

    • Tonyfromteeoh

      I get the feeling that the disgust was on your face when the President shook your son’s hand. Transference at work again…

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      I think you are starting to believe the voices in your head.

  • Leaning Blue

    Good article, Manny. And I normally don’t like you because you often sound like you lean too much to the right, but in this case you are spot on!

  • haseloff

    Forward Progressives only ‘approves’ the comments that molds the conversation in its favor. Quit moderating and allow public discussion, even if I’m calling out FP!

  • Jenny

    President Obama called the couple on their wedding day and had a very nice conversation with them. The couple didn’t mind that their day was relocated just a bit and sounded very excited during the phone call. If the couple getting married didn’t care, why does everyone else?