Re: Sarasota Principal Defends Bush
Two non-arguments here.
"I don't think anyone could have handled it better," Tose'-Rigell told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in a story published Wednesday. "What would it have served if he had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?"
Dont think anyone's suggesting he should have "jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room".
Just calmly getting up, announcing that unfortunately, grave state matters demanded his attention, and taking his leave in an ordered matter would still have gotten him out in touch with his staff, army and cabinet without evoking a sense of chaos or panic.
This - "oh, you're saying he shouldnt have done [white] - like, as if doing [black] would have been any better!" kind of argument is getting very, very tiresome.
Bush told the federal 9/11 Commission, which released its report last week, that he remained in the classroom because he felt it was "important to project strength and calm until he could better understand what was happening."
Yeah, I would also want to "better understand what was happening" if I heard my country had just come under attack.
So, how does a President optimally get to "understand what was happening"?
By sitting in front of a classroom where the only way, after the one short whisper, to communicate with him is to hold up signs from the back of the classroom, like Andy Card did I believe?
Wouldn't, like, being accessible for cabinet members, CIA, FBI, whoever - who might want to share information with you, discuss what decisions are necessary, brief you on the immediate dangers of the situation - be a better way to get to "better understand what was happening"?
Or is that just me?