A Tale of Two Presidents:
A massive volcanic plume covering most of Europe forced President Obama to cancel a Sunday trip to Poland to attend the funeral of the nation’s president. But the last-minute change left an opening in his schedule, so the president headed to the links for a round of golf instead.
On a cool but sun-drenched day, the president and three golfing companions headed to Andrews Air Force Base to play 18 holes. It is the 32nd time Mr. Obama has played golf since taking office Jan. 20, 2009, according to CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller.
After canceling the Poland trip on Saturday, the White House announced that Mr. Obama had no public schedule for Sunday. He was to have arrived in Krakow in the morning, attend the 2 p.m. local time funeral, and leave for home by 5 p.m., arriving back at the White House after midnight.
I can’t exactly take President Obama to task for not messing with the ash cloud. A few tests have shown that planes can fly through the stuff, but no one’s willing to try it with passengers, let alone the POTUS.
And this map of closed airports doesn’t make alternative arrangements look easy:
So, while I wish an American President could look Mother Nature in the eye and make her cry, I can’t expect it. (Though what about our military bases—anyhting going in or out of Ramstein? No, not really.)
But if the American media could call a real turkey a plastic one when it was carried by President Bush, why can’t they call this real turkey a real turkey instead of carrying him on their shoulders?
Come on, guys, it looks terrible that President Obama was out on the links, body-Englishing putts this way and that, while Poland was suffering its worst day since Katyn. Awful. Shameful. Tone deaf. Callous. Heartless. I mean, the media made up half the bad PR about Bush, and they’re ignoring all bad PR about Obama—is that supposed to even things out?
In case I haven’t made my point:
Okay, fine. We’ll shut up. Like everyone else.
Well, just one more thing:
The plumes of volcanic ash that ruined travel plans throughout Europe last week kept other world leaders away from the funeral, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy – though there was no word as to whether they too had taken to the links.
Other world leaders found ways to attend the funeral, including Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, who made an 18-hour drive, while Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus travelled by car and train. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych also attended.
The late president’s close friend, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, also managed to attend, flying in from Georgia through Rome.
And look which aviatrix managed to traverse the Atlantic, spitting on the ash cloud with contempt, laughing at the volcano with derision, but this modern day Amelia Earhart:
When Elin Nordegren boarded a private jet yesterday with kids in tow, Tiger Woods’ wife was heading home to Sweden, reports RadarOnline.com.
Nordegren arrived in Stockholm from Orlando at around 4:30 a.m. (local time) for a “vacation” planned to last somewhere between a short stay and an extended trip, a source told the entertainment website.
Her departure marks the fourth trip without Woods since the masters. The pair were reunited over the weekend in Orlando, Fla., but reported tensions between Woods and Nordegren fueled speculation that a split is on the horizon.
Doubt she played any golf, however.