“He just went and did his own thing,” says a former staffer. “There haven’t been many times when he has wanted to make a public appearance like this, but given the world attention and the criticism of Bush, he couldn’t help himself. Classic Clinton.”
The Bush Administration has been taking a public relations pummeling from the press for perceived lack of attention to the tragedy that has taken more than 100,000 lives. The Administration’s initial $15 million aid package was bumped up by $20 million on Tuesday, after both Germany and France pledged similar amounts. According to the Clinton staffer, both German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac have attempted to speak to the ex-President in the past 72 hours.
“Their aid packages were pledged after they saw the immediate response from the United States,” says a Bush administration State Department source. “They never asked us about coordinating. They saw what we committed and one-upped us.”
As for Clinton, he has at his disposal — or at least with a phone call to friends, such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates — access to more than $75 million in private funds intended for philanthropic use. But Clinton’s charities have thus far not pledged a cent to aid those suffering due to the cataclysmic flooding, nor has he attempted to coordinate any private giving for the victims of the tsunami.p> TOUGH SLEDDING AHEAD br> The White House is steeling itself for a bruising confirmation battle in the Senate Judiciary Committee over the nomination of Attorney General designate Alberto Gonzales .
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online