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Bush's leadership: running on empty

Source:  Copyright 2005, Boston Globe
Date:  September 28, 2005
Byline:  Joan Vennochi
Original URL: Status ONLINE

GEORGE W. BUSH is running out of gas, and the country knows it.

This week, the president asked Americans to drive less to conserve gasoline. Bush also issued a directive for all federal agencies to cut their own energy use and to encourage employees to use public transportation.

How about parking Air Force One for awhile, Mr. President?

Bush took his seventh trip to view hurricane rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast. Storm-chasing, like mountain-biking, is now a presidential obsession. Instead of calories, this latest compulsion burns time and jet fuel.

After Hurricane Katrina, Bush and federal relief agencies took too long to show up when it mattered. But showing up when it doesn't matter will not repair the damage to Bush's battered image. Having Michael Brown, the deposed head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency blame "dysfunctional" Louisiana for hurricane response problems ...

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