Press vs. Prez
No one was more anti-Bush than I was during
this last election. No one! And I'm a Republican. I think
Bush is a bum with no qualifications for being the ruler
of the free world. Mostly because he doesn't stand for
freedom at all, as in freedom of choice. But also because
he's an idiot. He gives us a tax refund and then has to
borrow from Social Security to make ends meet. But I
So, having made it quite clear that I am not a Bush
supporter, let me say that I'm extremely proud of our
president and how he's handled himself this week. I hope
he continues to make me proud, but I'm a die-hard
skeptic, so let's wait a little longer before we start
throwing roses at his feet. I'm proud of him so far,
and let's leave it at that.
What I'm not proud of is our press. Not all the press,
mind you, just some of them. The ones who looked for
anything they could to criticize the president this week.
Like why didn't he go straight back to Washington after
terrorists hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Gee, I dunno. Maybe because Washington was under attack?
Could it be that the president was privvy to information
the press didn't have? Like possibly that the White House
or Air Force One was a target?
Then there's the one about what kind of message are we
sending when the Vice President was ordered to go to Camp
David? Sure, a much better idea would be to keep the two
most powerful leaders in the United States together. This
way the terrorists aren't inconvenienced too
much trying to track them down.
Oh wait...here's my favorite one of all, asked to Senator
Hillary Clinton: Are you upset the president took four
days to visit New York? Good lord, even Hillary looked at
the reporter like he was a moron, and graciously answered
that considering the circumstances, she was happy the
president had made it to New York as quickly as he did.
What is wrong with the press? At a time when people are
putting aside their differences and coming together,
regardless of race, color, religion and, yes, even party,
the press is trying to place everything the president
does under a black light. I think I'll end this by
quoting last month's Soap Box writer, who put it better
than I ever could: "I think people just don't have
anything to complain about, so they find things to worry
about. Lighten up people! Go worry about people cutting
the 'Under Penalty Of Law, Do Not Remove' tags from
pillows or something." And leave the president