I don't know how POTUS does it... no, I don't mean his 12,400-mile stealth round trip to Baghdad yesterday... that's his job, he should do it, it's entirely necessary and typically American--red, white and blue. What's could be better? Today is Flag Day and the Army's 231st birthday (a resounding hooah to faithful reader SSgt. Deuce.)
I mean how does President Bush put up with the "have-you-stopped-beating-the-baby-Harp-seals" questions from the inside-the-Beltway press idiots. He got a barrage of them today from the leftist reporters (pardon the redundancy) who queried him not on what he learned and accomplished while on the ground... but why he didn't make travel reservations a month ago and publish them in the Congressional Record.
One scatterbrained newsette had exactly such a question (sic) trying to get the President to agree that he should have given Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki "... more than five minutes' notice..." of his arrival.
Elsewhere the drive by news reporters characterized the trip as a "multi-layered deception" and dismissed it as Bush "tactics" and "grandstanding" while stamping their little feet. Quite frankly, the democrat reporters are pissed only because they weren't given the information soon enough to get their Abercrombie & Fitch bush jackets dry cleaned in time; they did, however, receive 24 hours notice.
What reporter worthy the title cannot get his sierra together within an entire day to accompany the President of the United States anywhere he wants to go?
They should have been grateful, period. As POTUS I would have taken three pool reporters (print, radio and TV--first come, first served) and not told them where they were going until the 110-degree desert smacked them up side the head and they figgered it our themselves. (Kinda like when they're forced to accompany him to Crawford.)
We should really take pity on these people; they are journalism (or drama school) grads and therefore were taught that their mission was to change the world, not report the facts; also, as liberals they sat aside common sense and love of country by age 20-25, and they know absolutely nothing... nothing... about the military or war.
So in the spirit of volunteering to help the handicapped... in this case, Journo-Americans... this is why the Commander-in-Chief did what he did, does what he does.
- In wars there is shooting. In this war there are more kamikazes than there were off the coast of Okinawa. People in war zones tend to get wounded and killed. The ragheads would do anything in their power to kill George Bush, see?
- Therefore, the CnC cannot use Orbitz to plan his trips... see, he has his own plane. Of course many of his plans are secret, because his life is in danger in Iraq; hell, his life is in danger in Berkeley. (Here's how the President-as kindergarten teacher- explained it to the little ones: "It's a security concern because I'm a high value target for some," he said. "Iraq's a dangerous place.")
- He cannot trust the news media as did our wartime presidents prior to 1965. Today's news media has proven it will run with top secret information with total disregard for the safety of our nation.
- The President of the United States can and should go anywhere there is someone wearing an American military uniform. You wouldn't understand that... it's called leadership, it's good for troop morale... after eight years of the military-loathing Clinton you just don't recognized it.
The leader of any country allied with us is proud and grateful to even meet a President, let alone have POTUS come 6,000 miles at great personal risk just to spend time with him and U.S. troops who are literally dying to help his country.
Sacrifice... you wouldn't understand.
So for President Bush, everyday is Groundhog Day on steroids. Everyday he has to put up with the same attacking, inane blithering from his lessers who are out to damage him personally, politically and in the process, like our foreign enemies, willing to doggedly pursue that outcome... regardless of the potential harm to our nation.
They just don't have the guts of the kamikazes.