While most Americans were gobbling down turkey and mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving, one American family got the devastating news that their loved one had been killed while serving our military in Syria.
The sobering news was not enough, apparently, to deter our Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Obama, from doing what he loves — playing golf.
President Ash Carter confirmed the first US Troop casualty in Syria today & offered condolences. Barack Obama went golfing. pic.twitter.com/GZngKv1Q2J
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) November 25, 2016
News of our service member’s death was reported by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, not Obama. Remember, he was busy on the fairways. Or, more likely, in the roughs and bunkers.
Secretary Carter said “I am deeply saddened by the news on this Thanksgiving Day that one of our brave service members has been killed in Syria while protecting us from the evil” of the Islamic State, as reported by Allen B. West.
This was the first American death in Syria since 2015. It was the result of an improvised explosive device (IED). IEDs have killed or maimed thousands of American soldiers in the last ten or fifteen years.
An IED is a bomb that is constructed and deployed in an unconventional way. Most often, they are embedded along roadsides and blow up vehicles which pass over them. The blast which killed this heroic soldier occurred in the city of Ayn Issa, which is approximately 30 miles north of the ISIS stronghold of Raaqaa.
Obama has frequently gone golfing in the wake of American tragedy. In August, when 11 Americans lost their lives in Louisiana floods and more than 40,000 lost their homes, Obama was golfing in Martha’s Vineyard.
Obama’s most disturbing round of golf might have been in 2014, when he played just moments after announcing journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic militants. He wouldn’t know appropriate respect for our fallen heroes and citizens if someone forced him to give it.
Records show Obama played golf more than 300 times while in office. Well, when he was supposed to be in the office. How many rounds have you played in the last eight years? (Under the Obama economy the golf budget was severely limited for most of us.)
It seems that President-Elect Donald Trump is already more presidential than Obama. On Thanksgiving Day, Trump spent time with his family, but also spent time in his office working on his cabinet selections and keeping jobs in America.
Isn’t it odd that the man who owns countless golf courses is working on Thanksgiving, while the sitting President is golfing?