Remembering one's friends
President Bush makes a very interesting move in recruiting his dad and Bill Clinton as fundraisers for the tsunami catastrophe. Bringing in Bush 41 is no surprise, but bringing in the guy who defeated him sure is. And in true Texas style, Clinton, moral failures and that wife of his and all...welcomed like a member of the family.
But note who's missing--the 39th president. The one with the humanitarian record. And also the one who never missed an opportunity to rip this president's foreign policy. The one who monitored the Venezuela election, and after it was very clearly stolen by the leftist Chavez, claimed that it was fair. The same guy who used every opportunity to blow wind in the sails of islamists to the detriment of the Bush-led war on terror. The same guy who invited the odious Michael Moore to the presidential box at the Democratic convention.
Carter would have been a natural choice. But not when he sets himself up against a sitting president who, for better or worse, is trying to make the world a better place and seems to be succeeding. Not all rebuildings of nations go as well as a Habitat for Humanity project. Jimmy Carter did great things in helping people through Habitat. And he is a better American with a hammer and nails than with a microphone and suit.
And here it cost him an opportunity to be known for more good deeds.