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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.

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  • Dave Nalle

    Why did Cheney not call his boss about the shooting?

    Because he was busy getting the guy to the hospital.

    Why was it left to Andrew Card to call George and not Dick on Saturday night?

    Because that’s Andrew Card’s job.

    Why did George not take control of the situation immediately?

    Because there’s nothing to ‘control’. Something happened. It’s a matter of record. What is the president going to do about it? Magically make it not happen?

    Why did he not tell Dick to hold a press conference immediately?

    Because Cheney had already had someone hold a press conference on his behalf because he was not available.

    Why did he let the VP handle this on his own when it would clearly affect the entire White House?

    Because the VP is a grownup and this has absolutely nothing to do with the White House.

    Why does he not tell him to talk to the press today, even a few days later?

    He talked to the press last night.

    Why does Bush not hold a press conference to address the issue himself?

    Why should he? What is there to say that he can say any better than anyone else in this situation?

    What is he doing anyway?

    His job? A job which has nothing to do about doing damage control on a hunting accident.

    Whose team is this anyway? Who is the QB? Is Bush actually a hologram?

    These ones are too stupid to even respond to.

    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.

    And let’s hope he is. That’s a hell of a lot more useful than a bunch of handwringing and pointless press conferences or statements. This isn’t a huge national crisis. It’s a minor hunting accident and there really isn’t anything to say about it.

    The fact that he has not taken control of this disaster

    You call this a disaster? The victim is sitting up in bed, is likely to be out of the hospital in a couple of days and is laughing about it with his lawyer and friends. Katrina was a disaster. This is just fodder for The Daily Show.

    is a complete abdication of responsibility.

    Here’s a clue – Bush didn’t order Cheney to shoot Whittington. It was an accident.

    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.

    Hunting Quail in Texas is actually NOT one of the functions of running the government.

    Dave

  • http://www.politicalsports.com Chip Spear

    An amusing response, thank you.

    I imagine that folks who generally side with the President will completely agree and find my questions ridiculous. Critics of the President will think the opposite. Neither group of fans can be convinced otherwise.

    I doubt a strong leader would have allowed such a small issue to explode into such a big deal, he would have realized the implications and acted more appropriately, but that is my take.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    My take is that this is so far outside the realm of the normal role of the president that I think the only sensible course for him to take is to pretty much ignore it. He doesn’t want to look like he’s stepping in to get Cheney special consideration and he doesn’t want to look like he’s taking it seriously out of proportion to the actual event, so best to just sit back and do nothing.

    Dave

  • MCH

    “I imagine that folks who generally side with the President will completely agree and find my questions ridiculous.”

    Yeah, and those are the same kind of folks who justify our deaths in the Iraqi invasion by comparing traffic fatalities to being killed in combat.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    I hope some day to meet one of those folks, MCH. They seem to mostly exist in your fevered imagination, where you think that pointing out a statistical correlation is the same as making a qualitative comparison. Keep paddling, the boat is sinking faster.

    Dave

  • Bing

    Hey MCH we’ll get to the answers for your questions as soon as we answer all of the questions about Chappaquiddac that haven’t been answered. We’ve been waiting nearly forty years for those answers so you can wait a little longer for yours.