Why did Cheney not call his boss about the shooting? Why was it left to Andrew Card to call George and not Dick on Saturday night? Why did George not take control of the situation immediately? Why did he not tell Dick to hold a press conference immediately? Why did he let the VP handle this on his own when it would clearly affect the entire White House? Why does he not tell him to talk to the press today, even a few days later? Why does Bush not hold a press conference to address the issue himself? What is he doing anyway? Whose team is this anyway? Who is the QB? Is Bush actually a hologram?
As Captain, Road Prison 36, says to Paul Newman in the movie Cool Hand Luke, “What we have here, is a failure to communicate.” That is certainly true, but what is most evident is the complete failure of leadership by our President, who might be out riding his bike for all we know. The fact that he has not taken control of this disaster is a complete abdication of responsibility. We have certainly listened to more than one critic of the White House strongly suggest that the V.P. is actually the one in charge. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to know how to run the government either.