Where’s a President when we really need one?
Most of you already know that I don’t think George W. Bush is a very good president (understatement) and that although I think Bill Clinton was wrong in not a few of the things he’s done, he was a better one.
You also know that sometimes subconciously, sometimes not, I also compare Mr. Bush’s performance to the wish-fufillment character of Martin Sheen’s President Bartlet on Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing.
I’ve also just completed watching on DVD the first three seasons of 24 (about which more in a later post), which featured Dennis Haysbert as the noble President Palmer.
Clinton. Bartlet. Palmer.
Any of them would be better than this. As we saw on September 11 in that classroom, this is not a president who is at his best in a crisis. He hasn’t done anything because public opinion has not yet forced him to and no one has yet told him what to do. But it will, and they will. We can expect probably within the next few hours images approved by the white house of Bush manfully taking command of the situation and letting his heart bleed just a little for the cameras, compassionate conservative that he is.
President Clinton. President Bartlet. President Palmer. Where are you when we really need you?