Tuesday, January 29, 2008

seven or eight

Michael Abramowitz wrote this yesterday in his WaPo column:
Today, the president is getting little credit for improved security in Iraq, as the public increasingly focuses on a struggling U.S. economy.

That is the problem Bush faces as he prepares to deliver his seventh and probably final State of the Union address tonight.
Probably? Does Abramowitz suspect something?

Actually, the SOTU address is a flexible matter according to the Constitution & as explained at The American Presidency Project. GWB has delivered 8, but the first was billed as a "Budget Message." Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Ford, & Carter gave one just prior to leaving office. Reagan passed on his 8th but delivered an Oval Office farewell address.

Giving Bush "credit" for improved security in Iraq is like giving an arsonist credit for calling the fire department.
Margaret Truman Daniel, daughter of President Harry S. Truman, died at age 83. An intelligent, talented, attractive woman. Sixty years ago, her father desegregated the armed forces by executive order. It took several more years, constant pressure from civil rights organizations, & the Korean War to kick the services into compliance, but it happened.


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