Last night on Fox News, Sean Hannity criticized President Obama for inviting famous guest chefs to cook at the White House, claiming the President is “out of touch” with regular Americans. “He’s jetting around to Broadway on vacations on our dime!” Hannity complained. “He is so far out of touch with what is going on,” said former Bush adviser Nicolle Wallace.
Both then reminisced about the days when a president was in office who was “far more in touch” with regular folks: President George W. Bush:
HANNITY: George Bush who you worked for did not play golf while this country was at war. He didn’t want the families of loved ones serving, well, that they may have lost the loved ones seeing him on a golf course.
WALLACE: Yes, I mean…
HANNITY: He seemed to be far more in touch.
Toward the end of his presidency, Bush said that he had given up golf to show “solidarity” with the troops. But Hannity’s assertion that Bush never played golf “while this country was at war” just isn’t true:
Bush claimed he quit playing golf on Aug. 19, 2003, when U.N. envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello was killed in Iraq. Yet, the AP reported two months later that Bush had spent a “cool, breezy Columbus Day” playing “a round of golf with three long-time buddies.” And during the 2008 presidential campaign, Bush attended a high-dollar golf fundraiser for John McCain to “greet the foursomes.”
Then-Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice wasn’t willing to give up her golf game for the troops. Perhaps Hannity thinks she’s also out of touch.
Media Matters notes that Bush gave up golf, but took up biking.