Jewish World Review July 23, 2002 / 14 Menachem-Av, 5762
President Bush has chosen c). Wrong! Since September 11th, the President has rightly reminded us that we should be prepared to sacrifice during the uncertain times ahead. Presumably, the same man with a bullhorn, who inspired us from the rubble of the World Trade Centers, didn't exempt himself from his own challenge. In addition to the war against terror, we now have shattered investor confidence that threatens to adversely affect other parts of our (still relatively healthy) economy. Add Iraq to the mix and who knows where the markets will go. (Can you say higher oil prices?)
When the White House announced that the President would be spending the month of August at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, the emphasis was on the fact that he would spend at least a few days a week on the road to talk about homeland security and other issues. And of course, he'd be briefed daily, top aides would fly in, there would be business between the brush clearings. But to put it in Texas terms--that pig don't fly.
It is abundantly clear that the President doesn't like Washington. His father didn't like it either. (Flashback to speedboat chases in Kennebunkport.) And sure, everyone needs time to recharge their batteries--but a month? Now? Mr. President, this is one of those times for sacrifice--this is a time when the country needs to see you working--hard. That means you have the barbecue flown in.
If you feel homesick, get someone in Crawford to gather up some tangled branches, Fed Ex them to the White House, then push them around the South Lawn with a tractor when you need a break from the briefing books. The public needs to believe that you really believe the best is yet to come. You fought it out vote by vote with Al Gore because you wanted the job, remember?
At least there are no
speedboats in Crawford.
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