Count me among those who were. When I saw an ABC News Special Report pop up as we were flipping channels after the Macy's parade, my first thought was "Oh no, what happened?" Two years may have passed since September 11th, but that is still the first thing that pops into my mind when I see a news bulletin on TV. Has there been a terrorist attack?
When I saw that President Bush had flown to Iraq to speak to the troops, I was quite impressed. (Drudge has the logistics of the trip for any that are interested). What a great statement of support to give up Thanksgiving with your family and fly into a war zone to address the troops and boost morale. Richard Brookshiser has this appropriate commentary to offer in The Corner:
"How right that he went; how heartened I am that he saw the rightness. Enjoy the moment. Tomorrow, Maureen Dowd will tell us it was a glitzy, glammy secret sideshow; Paul Krugman will explain that it distracted from the good economic numbers, which are really bad economic numbers; Frank Rich will compare it to some old TV shows; John Kerry will say that the troops should have stayed home in the first place, and by the way, he went to Vietnam. Whatever W's limitations with the talkoisie, he does seem to know how to talk to the Armed Forces."
Washington Post has the full text of the speech. Just one more thing for which I am thankful this evening...