Over the past two weeks, the President has held a series of off the record get-togethers with reporters and columnists in the White House residence, in part, say White House insiders, to disarm the attendees.
Bush has been using the casual setting to press his position on Iraq and to discuss other issues, including his relations with Congress, the upcoming budget battles, North Korea, and Afghanistan. One area he avoided, according to one attendee — the coming primary battles for the person to replace him.
Bush apparently liked the meetings so much that he’s expressed an openness to doing more down the line if his media and communications advisers believe it will help the Administration on the messaging front.p> PENGUIN POLITICS br> Former Vice President Al Gore has been spending the bulk of his time campaigning hard with voting members of the Academy for Motion Picture Arts, committing more than $500,000 of his own money to the PR campaign set up to win him an Oscar. /p>
When Gore and his aides were approached about providing similar dollar amounts in support of ending the slaughter in Darfur, he declined, say fundraisers for the Darfur initiative.
It isn’t surprising, then, that Gore is willing to overlook other inconvenient angles in his pursuit to end global warming. Despite advice from some of his environmental advisers, Gore is insisting that there be a musical performance of some kind from Antarctica during the July 7th “Inconvenient Truth” 24-hour concert to end global warming.
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?