From a column by NYT writer Frank Rich:
PRESIDENT BUSH has skipped the funerals of the troops he sent to Iraq. He took his sweet time to get to Katrina-devastated New Orleans. But last week he raced to Virginia Tech with an alacrity not seen since he hustled from Crawford to Washington to sign a bill interfering in Terri Schiavo’s end-of-life medical care. Mr. Bush assumes the role of mourner in chief on a selective basis, and, as usual with the decider, the decisive factor is politics. Let Walter Reed erupt in scandal, and he’ll take six weeks to show his face — and on a Friday at that, to hide the story in the Saturday papers. The heinous slaughter in Blacksburg, Va., by contrast, was a rare opportunity for him to ostentatiously feel the pain of families whose suffering cannot be blamed on the administration.
I know the time is coming when all that has been going on underneath the surface comes to light. I’m such a conspiracy chick (because everything, absolutely everything, happens for a reason (IMO)) and I have reason to believe there are things going on where there is no light that will haunt this country for years to come. Yet, I view this administration (and those complicit in it from the top on down) as great teachers. We will learn these lessons because we’ve been dragged into learning them. Kicking and screaming, we are being told that it is time to WAKE UP to what is going on around us, not just in your own backyard but around the world.
And hey, it’s sunny and warm out!! YEY! (dances around) It’s time to fully move camp back into the sunroom so I can watch the birdies and squirrels and hear the lovely sounds of the neighborhood (guy across the way having a long discussion on his cell phone, NG yelling at his dogs to HUSH and the faint sound of a saw or something across the street). LOVE ALL OF IT!