Thursday, December 30, 2004

Think Local (as in, Texas), Act Global (as in, Iraq)

George Bush shows his statesmanship:

Earlier yesterday, White House spokesman Trent Duffy said the president was confident he could monitor events effectively without returning to Washington or
making public statements in Crawford, where he spent part of the day clearing brush and bicycling. Explaining the about-face, a White House official said: "The president wanted to be fully briefed on our efforts. He didn't want to make a symbolic statement about 'We feel your pain.'"

Many Bush aides believe Clinton was too quick to head for the cameras to hold forth on tragedies with his trademark empathy. "Actions speak louder than words," a top Bush aide said, describing the president's view of his appropriate role.

Actions? Like offering aid for 5 million (overwhelmingly Muslim) disaster victims in an amount equivalent to what we spend every day in Iraq between breakfast and lunch....

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