"Take a deep breath." That was former President George W. Bush's advice to FOX host Brian Kilmeade as he teed off for the Patriot Golf Day, the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation that provides postsecondary educational scholarships for the children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving the country.
The former president, who's been careful to stay out of the public eye, was joined by a group of veterans including Heath Calhoun, a paralympian who received the Purple Heart from Bush while he was still president.
But Bush's first tee shot mirrored his final years in office: rough. Displeased and prepared, he quickly pulled out another ball from his pocket, set it down, and hit another shot, which fared better than the first.
The local Waco, TX paper reports that the country club where the former president played, Ridgewood Country Club, didn't expect any delays due to the extra security. Preparations, said James Williams Jr., PGA head golf pro at Ridgewood, will not be "much more than we normally do every day.”
Cost of membership to the country club accustomed to presidential-style security was unavailable on its website.