Relax everyone! Go shopping! Everything is gonna be fine now. Bush gives up golfing because of Iraq war ... In a new interview with the Politico today, President Bush says that he has given up golf because of the Iraq war, to show â€śsolidarityâ€ť with U.S. troops and their families. He added that â€śplaying golf during a war just sends the wrong signalâ€ť: Q Mr. President, you havenâ€™t been golfing in recent years. Is that related to Iraq? THE PRESIDENT: Yes, it really is. I donâ€™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 â€” to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal. Update: Cernig writes, "You go to war with the handicap you haveâ€¦" Brandon Friedman adds, "In today's world, sacrifice is defined in terms of not being able to afford a Hummer; of having to see a few images of war on TV; and of giving up golf."