The Cynic in Me
As I dressed this morning, MS-NBC was on in the background - and by the time I finished pulling up my socks, I was ready for Imus to return. Why?
The anchors were blowing a huge volume of smoke up George BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s skirt, simply because heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s traveling to Virginia Tech today for a memorial service. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mourner-in-ChiefÃ¢â‚¬Â. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Represents all of us.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Has a lot of experience dealing with grieving families.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Brings out his greatest stregths.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Listen, I think the President of the United States should be in Blacksburg, Virginia today. But then, I think he should have been in New Orleans the day after Katrina hit, too, rather than strumming a guitar in San Diego. What really bothers me is how this event will be ultimately politicized, and the media will be looking breathlessly for a poll bounce next week.
Why does there have to be a political angle to absolutely everything? Why do I even have to consider that there might be an ulterior motive for his trip today, and that maybe he wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be making this trip if Cheney or Rove didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t goad him into it?
I hate that I even think this way sometimes, and that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m so cynical. Why canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t I just believe that he would be making this trip out of true sympathy and to represent the nation in this time of tragedy?