After an event so cataclysmic that it shifted the physical location of islands by literally hundreds of feet, and tilted the planet earth an inch off her axis, our president has not yet made a public address concerning the disaster. He has not said that the American people are grieving with the people of Asia; he has not made public our nation's support of this ravaged region; he has not offered his condolences to the friends and families of those who lost their loved ones in this tragedy. Reflecting on the days after September 11th, the world rushed to our support, with French newspapers declaring, "We are all Americans."
That's right, French newspapers.
In his defense, the U.S. has offered monetary support. But in light of the president's low profile, it almost seems like he's had nothing to do with it. At a time when the leader of the free world also happens to be the face of Christianity across much of the globe, President Bush's failure to speak about this tragedy doesn't just hurt our country, it hurts the Church.
So just where is our Head of State?
On vacation, of course, at his ranch in Texas, unwilling to cut his holiday short.
[Editorial note at 4:30pm: AP is reporting that Bush has finally addressed the nation from ranch in Crawford, Texas.]
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Posted by jonny at 2:55 PM