For years, President Bush and his advisers expressed frustration that the White House received little credit for the nation’s strong economic performance because of public discontent about the Iraq war. Today, the president is getting little credit for improved security in Iraq, as the public increasingly focuses on a struggling U.S. economy.
That is the problem Bush faces as he prepares to deliver his seventh and probably final State of the Union address tonight. For the first time in four years, he will come before Congress able to report some progress in tamping down violence in Iraq. Yet the public appears to have moved on from the war — and possibly from Bush himself.
The economy has supplanted Iraq as the top public concern, and with voters shifting their focus toward the presidential primaries, Bush faces a steep challenge in persuading Americans to heed his words on the war, economic policy or any other issue, according to administration officials, lawmakers and outside observers.
“Very large segments of the American people have written him off already and have moved on to the next chapter,” said Jeremy Rosner, a Clinton White House aide and Democratic pollster. Even some of the Republican presidential candidates appear eager to distance themselves from the president.
The MSM worked diligently to blame Bush for all the ills on the war but when it turned around, largely due to Bush’s actions, they either ignored him or wrote that it’s because of others (The Dems coming into power, etc.). Now they muse about how the public has pretty much ignored him lately. I wonder how that could be?
For years we would hardly hear a peep from the MSM on the great and growing economy of ours. Give Bush credit for it? Blasphemy.
The economy turning a little sideways, now its throw Bush overboard.
“Very large segments of the American people have written him off already and have moved on to the next chapter,”
Are you kidding me? The left and the MSM wrote him off after the election in 2000 and have never looked back. Of course he proved to be a thorn in the side of those who wanted a strong Socialist society and our nations reputation to be that of cowards. After 9/11, when our economy should of be shattered, he turned it around and brought prosperity. He freed Afghanistan and Iraq from tyranny and gave their people freedom. He put two outstanding conservative judges onto the Supreme Court. The list of accomplishments is long.
Crickets from the MSM.
But just remember this simple fact. The MSM wrote off Bush as insignificant after the last November election. How well did that work out? He and his party didn’t allow the slight majority of Democrats in Congress to push them around. Instead he pushed them around. Getting everything he wanted.
Now at the start of the 110th Congress the MSM wants to write him off once again.
They never learn.
Vets For Freedom released this today:
Last year, President Bush used his State of the Union address to make the case for a “surge” in Iraq, in order to regain the offensive and defeat Al-Qaeda. One year later, sectarian attacks and deaths in Baghdad have decreased more than 90%, Iraqi civilian casualties have dropped 75% throughout the country, and monthly coalition casualties have dropped dramatically. Political progress has sprung up at the local level, and national-level reconciliation is beginning to take place. Without this bold move—and bold speech—America would not be succeeding in Iraq today.
As the President prepares to address the nation tonight, and as the brave men and women who wear our nation’s uniform continue to pursue victory in Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the battlefields of the Global War on Terror, Vets for Freedom proudly supports the Commander-in-Chief as he continues to do everything he can to pursue a more peaceful world, and a more secure America.
“September 11th, 2001 marked a turning point for our country in which the necessity of confronting Islamic Extremism became a reality,” said Pete Hegseth, Executive Director of Vets for Freedom. “President Bush has been a steadfast voice of freedom and democracy across the world, understanding that peace can only come through strength. In order to ensure security in this country, it is necessary to take the fight to the enemy, and as veterans of the Global War on Terror, we are proud to have carried out the orders of our Commander-in-Chief.”