Remember in 2008 when George W. Bush was raked over the coals by Keith Olberman (among many others in the press) for saying that he had stopped golfing because doing so would send the wrong signal during a war? How dare he equate giving up golf to the sacrifices of the soldiers dying in Iraq? Here's what he said then:
Q Mr. President, you haven’t been golfing in recent years. Is that related to Iraq?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, it really is. I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the Commander-in-Chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be as — to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.
Compare & contrast with the media's breathless reporting of President Obama's busy schedule yesterday:
Obama and daughters snack on frozen custard
By CHRISTINE SIMMONS
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The first family was in the mood for something sweet — something like vanilla custard, fudge and sprinkles.
On a muggy Saturday just before Father's Day, President Barack Obama took Sasha, 8, and Malia, 10, to The Dairy Godmother, a frozen custard shop just outside Washington.
The president snacked on vanilla custard with hot fudge and toasted almonds in a cup, said the shop's owner, Liz Davis. Sasha ordered a brownie sundae treat with vanilla custard, hot fudge and chocolate sprinkles. Malia walked out of the shop, eating the remains of a waffle cone with vanilla frozen custard.
During his 15-minute stay, Obama also shook hands with customers and posed for pictures. Obama left the shop with some puppy treats for the family's dog, Bo.
Meanwhile, CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller covered the President's trip to the custard shop on Twitter:
Reports on the Obama's treats from Liz Davis, owner of The Dairy Godmother in Alexandria, Va, in business for 8 yrs.
about 16 hours ago from web Malia had vanilla frozen custart in a waffle cone.
about 16 hours ago from web Sasha had a Brownie sundae: vanilla frozen yogurt, hot fudge, cherry, sprinkles and whipped cream (which she asked Dad to scrape off)
about 16 hours ago from web Obama had vanilla frozen custard in a cup with hot fudge and toasted almonds. The girls went more elaborate. (more)
about 16 hours ago from web You're gonna laff: Obama & the girls actually bought Frozen Puppy pops for Bo: flavors: pumpkin, peanut butter and yogurt…
about 16 hours ago from web Surprised by the outrage at the ice cream outing. What is it you expect or want the US to do about Iran? Attack? War?
about 16 hours ago from web The Obama outing last 54 minutes. The Secret Service used the SUV instead of the limo for the pres and daughters.
about 16 hours ago from web Obama and the girls are back at the WH after their quick outing for frozen custard.
So Mr. Knoller is surprised by criticism of his coverage of Obama's custard excursion during the Iranian crisis:
Surprised by the outrage at the ice cream outing. What is it you expect or want the US to do about Iran? Attack? War?"
Now I'm not saying that President Obama shouldn't take his daughters out for custard during an international crisis- he is a father and a family man after all, and he surely is capable of being President and having a family life at the same time. My criticism is of the press and their treatment of Obama. Try to imagine if President Bush had gone out for frozen custard under similar circumstances. It's hard to believe he would have received the same teen girl adulation from the White House press corps.