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The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“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.”

As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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