Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Powerless President

Because he wanted it that way. There was a time when we had a President of the United States who had the maturity and good sense not to use a pen and his phone to get his way. ABC reports:
The Eisenhower Tree, so much a part of Augusta National that not even a sitting U.S. president could have it taken down, was removed from the 17th hole this weekend because of damage from an ice storm, the club said Sunday.
"The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult news to accept," club chairman Billy Payne said. "We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible."
The  Eisenhower Pine is no more.  Bethcha it's replaced come April. 
With the Masters only two months away, Payne said there was no other significant damage to the course.
The loblolly pine, which sat about 210 yards off the left of the 17th fairway, was among the most famous trees in golf. It forced players to aim away from the tree or try to shape the ball from right-to-left to avoid it.
And it infuriated one of the club members after whom the tree eventually was named — former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.Eisenhower, an Augusta member from 1948 until his death in 1969, was said to have hit the tree so often on his tee shot that he campaigned to have it removed and proposed during an Augusta National governors' meeting that it be cut down. This was in 1956, when Ike was starting his second term as president. Clifford Roberts, the club chairman and co-founder, overruled the president and adjourned the meeting.
It has been known as Eisenhower's Tree ever since.
Barack Obama agrees with the UN -- U.S. needs to
compensate the world for global warming.
Now we have a President who claims to moderate the rise and fall of the oceans and control the weather. We all know, to a scientific certainty (whatever that is) that the thick coating of ice on the Eisenhower Pine was an extreme brought on by human caused global warming. How? Because the guy with a pen and a phone says because something is extreme that makes it so. This President wants money, more money, climate change slush funds galore. God help us all.

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