"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 in solidarity. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal" - George Bush, 15 May 2008.
"Thousands of Americans have given up a lot more than golf for this war. For President Bush to imply that he somehow stands in solidarity with families of American soldiers by giving up golf is disgraceful. It's an insult to all Americans and a slap in the face to our troops' families" - Brandon Friedman, US veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Bush claims he gave up golf on 19 August, 2003, after the attacks on UN personnel in Baghdad, despite news outlets pointing out that they reported on the president golfing well into October.
Either way it's the sacrifice that counts.