Good grief, Obama sure seems to play a ton of golf and attend a lot of political fundraisers, certainly much more than Bush ever did (link below). Of course, Bush must have set set some kind of modern record for presidential vacation days, and so he had his own problems. My only point is this: During a period when we continue to lose American lives in Afghanistan daily, and when commanders in the field have been waiting and waiting on a decision from Obama about the commanders' requests for more troops, these stories about excessive fundraising and golfing (not to mention finding time to campaign for Olympics and run attack campaigns on solitary media outlets and other organizations) tend to make Obama look very bad, at least in my eyes. I think I know why he's stalling, as discussed previously in this space -- politics, i.e. put the likely controversial decision off until a health care bill can be passed and/or the upcoming gubernatorial elections are over. But I continue to say, Afghanistan is an issue that's so important that politics must be put on the backburner. Obama needs to be spending every waking hour and minute of free time devoting himself to the formulation of a coherent and adequately resourced strategy in Afghanistan or else he needs to get us to the hell out of there. Enough of the politics and golf games already.