Why is George Bush under-reaching?

Reply Mon 22 Sep, 2014 06:38 am
Programming was only one arm of Ailes’s effort to shape events.
Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, he sent a confi dential memo to Karl
Rove with advice for George Bush. “The only thing America won’t forgive
you for is under- reaching,” Ailes wrote. His missive expressed his view
that the country was facing an epochal confl ict against a ruthless adversary.
“I wrote that letter as an American,” he told a Fox colleague. He
knew that Americans craved revenge. That’s why, he’d say, Americans still
loved John Wayne, even though he had been dead for two decades. The
country had some basic rules.

In this paragraph, who Ailes said that George Bush could not be forgiven for being under-reaching? What does "under-reaching" mean? Did Bush do something bad in 9/11 attack?
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Reply Mon 22 Sep, 2014 07:10 am
"Under reaching" means responding in a less than sufficient manner, doing less than what people feel is required. The opposite which is much more common would be "over reaching," doing more than you should or than you have the ability to do.
Reply Mon 22 Sep, 2014 07:40 am
At the height of the Iraq war, I had a dream that GWB and I were naked in the White House sauna.
It was at the point that he under reached that I woke up in a cold sweat.
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Reply Mon 22 Sep, 2014 11:10 am
I was on an electrical engineering forum once around 2002, and there was a thread something like this: "The folks at Georgia Tech are here to answer any questions you want to ask". so I asked "Really? Any questions?" the answer came back "Yes", so I asked "If you Americans are so ******* clever, how come you elected a chimp as your President?" You should have seen the comments!
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