Raising the Bar for the C-in-C
by CA Pol Junkie
In Fahrenheit 9/11, we saw how our "decisive leader" reacted upon hearing both WTC towers were hit: he read a book called "My Pet Goat". Today, John Kerry was asked what he would do in the same circumstrances:
Addressing minority journalists in the nation's capital, Kerry was asked what he would have done as president the moment he received word of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Bush spent seven minutes reading "The Pet Goat" to Florida elementary school children after his chief of staff, Andrew Card, whispered, "America is under attack," as televisions cameras recorded the anxious scene.
"I would have told those kids very politely and nicely that the president of the United States had something that he needed to attend to," Kerry said as the crowd applauded. "And I would have attended to it."
Exactly! Bush apologists usually pull out the "we're all human", "everyone was shocked" canard when confronted with their guy being like a deer in the headlights under crisis. Notwithstanding the dire intelligence warnings that shouldn't have made it very shocking to Bush, that is setting the bar really low for the Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America. I think it is reasonable to expect that, upon hearing we are under attack, our president's first instinct should be to get up and do something about it! Those of us left of center have big problems with Bush's policies, his lies, and the politicization of everything, but basic competence is also a very good reason to elect Kerry.