posted on Sep, 5 2005 @ 10:20 PM
The press isn't the problem. Whatever I or you or anyone may think of him, he is the President. Whenever the President goes anywhere, the security is
what is often referred to as 'tight'. No air traffic. No ground traffic. Communications tightly controlled. Personal movement severly restricted.
And all this is as it should be. There are no doubt whack-heads out there that probably want to do the President harm, whoever it is.
But the side effect of all this security is that normal operations, if anything can be called 'normal' in this situation, all stop. For several
hours, at least.
Personally, I think he is going there purely for PR reasons. But that is really irrelevant. Let's say his purpose is honorable. He still
should not be making these repeated trips to this area at this time. His mere presence, without regard to his motives, is a major disruption. And he
does not do any measureable good. Yeah, some people he talks to might feel all warm and fuzzy. And that is a Good Thing. But it is not as good as
getting more people housed, fed, cleaned, etc. All of which is not happening while he is in the area. And not due to the press.
No, this is a time when the President, whosoever that person may be, should stay out of the area. Let the necessary work proceed as quickly as
possible. The President can do more good from a distance than from across the room in this situation.