The President and Vice President Dick Cheney will be RNC no shows due to the impending emergency expected with approaching Hurricane Gustav. While New Orleans appears to be Ground Zero for the worst, Texas, Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states are in crisis mode as well. The White House says the president will remain focused on preparing for Gustav.
The Dems will cynically say this is politically convenient, but a more self-centered president would force himself on the convention no matter what was going on. Can you imagine a President Bill Clinton or a President Blagojevich ever missing an opportunity to receive accolades of any kind, even if low numbers forced staging with phony bused-in supporters?
This week would have been the last time President Bush would have had the opportunity to hear deserved appreciation from his party for the past seven years -- a term of office that began quietly, only to be unexpectantly thrust into an international terrorist attack nine months later and an unprecedented hurricane disaster four years after that.
While the President's current numbers are historically low, America's war on terrorism remains necessary and pertinent, even though the controversial international investment in Iraq, in conjunction with the current international oil crisis, has contributed to our nation's financial stresses. The war and its overall effect will be debated for decades.
Nevertheless, Americans owe this president a debt of gratitude for being the leader he has been through these unchartered security waters with a shrewd, well-financed enemy determined to destroy Western civilization as we know it.
In the meantime, he and Cheney will stay focused on the impending disaster and doing everything they can to avoid another Katrina-like calamity, as they well should.
President Bush will someday be vindicated for all the tough calls he's made over the past seven years. Maybe then will the GOP be able to appropriately convey the praise and recognition he will not receive this week.