When Ronald Reagan pointed to the balcony during his State of the Union (SOTU) speech and started talking about a real American, the nation was enthralled. (Photo by AP)
"Wow!" we all said. "The Great Communicator at work."
When President Bush pointed up into the balcony during his SOTU speech, I suspect most Americans shared my response of:
"Who the f^$% do you think you are. Did you build a hospital in the Congo? Did you dive on the subway tracks to save a stranger? Hell no. And back when your country was calling young men to serve, you f@%#ed around in the National Guard. Geez, you've got big brass ones to think you can suck some of the credit off these folks."
And then they got to the soldier.
Now here is something for which the President can take credit. This brave young man fought off counter attacks and used himself as a human shield during a fire fight in Iraq. He was maimed and injured and awarded the Silver Star for his bravery. And lord knows he could never had done that if the President hadn't sent him to Iraq in the first place.
Bravo Mr. President. A war we can't justify, a war no one wants, a war that has alienated two-thirds of the globe is resulting in our soldiers acting heroically in order to save themselves and the lives of their comrades. That is one hell of an accomplishment Mr. President, thanks for sharing it with me.