Former Presidential Speechwriter, David Frum, has some thoughtful words on President Bush’s current promotion of the war effort. I am reminded of a diary we promoted the other day at RedState, which argued that Bush supporters of tired of defending the President when the President himself does not defend his administration. Frum writes
Again, supporters of the war can do our bit to try to change minds. But the biggest megaphone in the country belongs to President Bush – and much depends on whether he uses it well or badly.
He is using it very badly indeed.
Let me single out just one single but maybe decisive problem. Again and again during the Bush presidency – and yesterday most recently – the president will agree to give what is advertised in advance as a major speech. An important venue will be chose. A crowd of thousands will be gathered. The networks will all be invited. And after these elaborate preparations, the president says … nothing that he has not said a hundred times before.
If a president continues to do that, he is himself teaching the public and the media to ignore him – especially when the words seem (as his speech yesterday to the VFW seemed) utterly to ignore the past three months of real-world events.