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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

Ah, vacation time. A time to relax, unwind, and recharge the batteries; a time to put worries aside and focus on activities like bicycling.

The question is, if you're the President of the United States, and a natural disaster claims the lives of at least 77,000 people, what do you do?

If you are President George W. Bush, the answer is simple: do nothing.

Oh, sure, we're sending humanitarian aid to the countries hit by Sunday's tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

Our president, apparently, is too busy enjoying his vacation to make a public statement.

Bush, according to White House spokesman Trent Duffy, can monitor events from the ranch without making a public statement.

Taking a jab at former President Bill Clinton, Duffy said, "The president wanted to be fully briefed on our efforts. He didn't want to make a symbolic statement about 'We feel your pain.' "

I guess the message is Bush is too busy clearing brush to speak publicly of the tragedy. At least not right now. According to MSNBC, Bush is planning on holding a National Security Council meeting via telephone, followed by a public statement.

Too little, too late?

There was an outpouring of support from many nations following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Not from the United States. At least not yet.

Can the Bush administration get any more arrogant?

Whether it is Donald Rumsfeld using a machine to sign letters of condolence to the families of soldiers killed in battle, to Bush putting his brush clearing and bicycling above his duty as the leader of the United States to make a public statement of support for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami, we get to see yet again another display of arrogance by the current administration. And keep in mind it was an article in the European Stars and Stripes that exposed Rummy's signature machine, which in turn prompted him to announce he'd sign off on the letters from now on.

Ah, the human touch that means so much.

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