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  •  Absolutely correct, (none)
    there was, in effect, a "no comment" from the POTUS on one of the most appalling days in our national consciousness?  That is certainly NOT leadership.  We don't have to frame it as cowardice, but the lack of strong, sure leadership.  

    I for one will NEVER forget his short address later that awful evening; "deer in the headlights", indeed.

    I used to be disgusted, now I'm just amused.

    by wozzle on Sat Mar 13, 2004 at 01:51:45 PM PST

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    •  I'm not forgetting either . . . (4.00)
      That performance from the White House on 9-11 was completely unnerving. Bush didn't know what the hell he was supposed to be thinking or doing as President, and he telegraphed it like a western union moneygram.

      But the deer/headlights look that still sticks in my craw was the elementary school photo-op when he heard the news. The look on his face wasn't "What?"  It was "Oh, Shit. I think somebody said that was going to happen . . ."

      People here are right that--at the moment--there's no political traction to gain from forcing this issue. Americans were going to support their President no matter what the circumstances. But if the "Bush Knew" meme gets going after the 9-11 commission report this summer, there's some hay to be made by bringing this up again.  

      Think of and ad with that look on his face in the classroom with a big, bold "Bush Knew" . . . .

      •  gotta agree with the both of you (none)
        as i say home that day, panicked and wondering if this was "it"... when we needed his "steady strong leadership", where the hell was he?  i can excuse him flying around in the sky for a while (protecting the presidency and all that) but honestly, does anyone really believe that there was "no safe way" for him to communicate with us during those first couple of hours?  if nothing else, he could have taped something on AF1 for distribution to all the networks, gotten on the radio, or something like that.

        his failure to appear early on was one thing that kept me afraid and wondering what the hell was going on.  and then he got on tv and like you said, "deer in the headlights"...  i didn't feel secure then and haven't really felt secure with him in charge since that moment.

        There's nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadilloes. - Jim Hightower

        by anna on Sun Mar 14, 2004 at 02:23:20 PM PST

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