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May 9th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

A Different Way to Spend a Monday

One of the consequences of producing State of the Union is an odd work schedule.  My “Saturday” lands on Monday.  And the beginning of the work week is Wednesday.  Back in my days of bachelorhood; having Monday and Tuesday off translated to many rounds of golf. Not so now that I am happily married with kids.  Though I used to play a lot more often, I never was very good.  Now my Mondays and Tuesdays look more like Michael Keaton in “Mr. Mom” and less like an episode of the Golf Channel’s “Golf Academy.”

Since my wife telecommutes, for the most part, I take the lead on most of the household’s ‘to-do’ list on my days off.  And since I’m not around most weekends when my oldest is not in school, we try to make up for it by doing “Daddy activities” after he gets home from pre-K Monday and Tuesday afternoons.  I’m sure I could escape to the golf course, but my guilty conscience would be too much of a distraction.  However, this past Monday, I got a reprieve from my wife and my conscience; a round of golf for a good cause.  For the third year in a row, I was invited on CNN’s behalf to play in the annual Fisher House Golf Classic.  CNN is a sponsor for the event.  The proceeds went to the Fisher House Foundation and the construction of a new Fisher House for the Womack Army Medical Center at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

According to the Fisher House Foundation, it is a “not-for-profit organization that constructs comfort homes for families of hospitalized military personnel and veterans, allowing them to stay free of charge for as long as their hospital stay.”  To date the foundation “has built 54 houses at military bases and VA Medical Center across the country and Germany, with plans to add several additional houses.”

We had a strong foursome, including CNN’s Brianna Keilar and James Gray (our anchors), and wounded-warrior, Dale Beatty.  Dale is a double-amputee, but you’d never know it on the golf course.  He had a hot putter all day.  He’s a hell of a golfer and he’s also the Co-founder of Purple Heart Homes.

We posted a -7 under.  It’s a best-ball scramble format.  What that means for the non-golfers out there is the players get to play from the best shot of the group (usually Brianna’s).  What’s more; since it’s a fundraiser, each group is allowed to buy four mulligans (aka do-overs).  While our score may sound impressive, the winning foursome was -15 under.   So while we didn’t win, we did have a lot of fun, and though I played like something I’d find in one of my youngest’s diapers; at least I wasn’t home changing him.

If you’d like to contribute to the Fisher House Foundation, or Purple Heart Homes, go to and

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