I just finished reading a newspaper column by Gail Collins. It started out complaining how President Obama’ speech on the Oil spill was most disappointing. Within several paragraphs she managed to shift the blame on most of the issues to President Bush. He of course was blame for the wars, the deficit and the banking crisis. I have become insulate from the Liberal and White House attacks to shift the blame to President Bush. However, when she complained how the comment he made about “going Shopping” after 9-11 was one of the worst things of his presidency I saw red.
Putting it in prospective, after the attacks on the World Trade Center, the nation was in a state of shock and disbelief. No one knew if and when another attack was going to occur. Except for basics, people went to work or stayed home not knowing what was going to happen. It was the job of the government to assure the people and get the nation to some degree of normalcy. Admittedly, things were never going to be the same.
President Bush stood up to that challenge. He assured the people everything was being done to find those responsible and to try and avoid a reoccurrence of a Muslim radical attack in the United States. As a side note, he succeeded for the next 7 years, our current President has had 1 successful attack in Ft Hood and 2 attacks that failed not due to US competence but do to terrorist incompetence.
While President Bush was assuring the people he reminded them in addition to killing as many Americans as possible, the terrorists wanted to disrupt our way of life. President Bush told America that if we did not resume as normal a lifestyle as possible, the terrorists ould win again. Yes he told the people to ” Go Shopping”. It was the right thing to do to get the country functioning again and facing our fears. Liberals need to drop this from their talking points. Maybe they believe President Bush should have established a Commission to study how we get the county moving again. Pardon me, but I prefer Bush’s leadership to the current Administration’s style of passing blame and delaying as many decisions as possible.