George, we’re grateful, really

November 28, 2003

Sneaking off after dark to spend a few hours with the troops is a fine thing to do, particularly if you’re him what sent ’em there. Planning it in secret and lying to the press about it is a smart thing to do. Costs you some points with the reporters down the line, but the Prez’s hide is worth it, no matter which empty suit temporarily occupies the White House.

But perhaps we could’ve avoided all the hyperbole — about how unprecedented, stunning and other adjectives it was — and all the second-guessing about what it all means. The flight to Baghdad was clearly a media stunt, but it also was a gift: a morale picker-upper for the soldiers, and a bit of news for us on an otherwise newsless day.

The thing to do when somebody hands you a present is to say “thanks.”

One Response to George, we’re grateful, really

  1. sid on November 30, 2003 at 6:33 am

    I still want someone to do some poking around and make sure it was the real George Bush, rather than a stand-in. That’s how much I trust the guy to do something for the troops.