Friends of George
“It takes little courage — or brains — to join the mob vilifying President Bush. But the Democrats (and Republicans, too) depicting him as villain will one day regret it,” noted an Investor’s Business Daily editorial on May 20.
Mr. Bush has done right on several fronts, the magazine said.
“For the resilience of this economy, we can thank the president. He pushed substantial tax cuts on income and investment through Congress, which were followed by four years of growth, generating over 8 million jobs. The president also can be thanked for appointing Ben Bernanke, chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers, to succeed Alan Greenspan as Federal Reserve chief. Bernanke has moved on several fronts to keep the economy afloat — including creatively making more credit available to combat the subprime mortgage crisis.
“As for national security, Obama keeps saying the war in Iraq and the rest of the administration’s foreign and defense policy have, as he put it last week in South Dakota, ‘prevented us from making this country safe.’ But the country is safer than anyone expected after 9/11.
“There has not been a single terrorist attack on the homeland, and we have instead foiled multiple terrorist plots to kill innocent Americans. America has succeeded in foiling these plots because Bush gave the National Security Agency the authority to monitor any and all communications of suspected terrorists, by telephone, e-mail or other means.
“The president also gave authorization for the CIA to employ tough interrogation methods on terrorists in custody, to the extent of trans- porting those detainees to secret locations abroad.
“This is the supposed albatross Republicans are so intent on distancing themselves from and which Democrats believe to be the key to victory in November. The facts of the last seven years tell a different story.”
Not as big a deal: War correspondent Ernie Pyle noted in 1944 that 28 American reporters covered the entire Allied invasion of Normandy. The political conventions this year are expecting 15,000 journalists each.