The President Needs Some Bully With His Pulpit
I find President Bush a difficult to support President at times. And it isn't just because I am disappointed in him for the battles he avoids or the spending he doesn't veto. I also find it difficult to believe that he doesn't do a better job getting his good accomplishments in the headlines.
He is doing a better job right now with the war. He has turned up the heat on his critics, and his speeches in this area are bringing him some deserved good press. One this week stands out.
But we learned from President Clinton that economic prosperity can cover up a whole lot of sins. And President Bush is currently overseeing a huge economic boom. Housing sales just hit an all time high. Unemployment is at 5% and employment is growing, meaning people are entering the workforce and finding jobs. When is the President going to shove this good information down our throats?
Larry Kudlow reminds us of who created the formula for success.
Their polls are sagging, but the economy is soaring. This simply shouldn’t be.
If former President Clinton had overseen this economy, he’d have held daily Rose Garden news conferences to mark the occasion. In fact, former President Reagan did just that in the booming 1980s -- he gave speech after speech touting the success of his supply-side tax cuts. Yet President Bush seldom goes into the current economic story, and when he does it’s just a mention.
After explaining the tremondous economic news, Kudlow offers some policy advice on keeping the economy growing. But the real point, as I saw it, was why doesn't the President make it impossible to ignore this news. Because when it can, the LameStream Media will ignore the good news, or downplay it.
Confront the Left and the media, President Bush. Make them poor mouth numbers that would have made Clinton proud. You remember those years -- 1992 to 2000 -- when we didn't hear about the homeless or the unemployed or the gap between the rich and the less rich (in America, the poor are merely less rich by the world's standards). We are still living them as a country. The only thing that has changed is a war and the party of the President. To the media, that means the focus changes. It is up to President Bush to make it impossible to ignore his success.
So step forward and start talking.
NOTE: The picture is of a horse named "Bully Pulpit." It was the best picture I could find on Yahoo with that search.