George W. Bush: The War President is Missing in Action (External Links)

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"W's Vacation Chronicles: August 6-31, 2001"





  • "Wait, Where Were You, Mr. President?" Quotes from Tim Russert's interview with President Bush on Meet the Press, February 8, 2004.
  • "Bush Donors Stay The Night," CBS News, March 10, 2004: "In all, Mr. Bush and first lady Laura Bush have invited at least 270 people to stay at the White House and at least the same number to overnight at the Camp David retreat since moving to Washington in January 2001, according to lists the White House provided The Associated Press."
  • "Beddy-Bye With Bush: Big Donations Get Camp David Getaways," INTL News, March 10, 2004.
  • David Paul Kuhn, "Vacation Politics," CBS News, March 18, 2004.
  • Jeremy Pelofsky, "Hunters, Conservationists Get Tour of Bush Ranch," Reuters, April 8, 2004.
  • Matt Bivens, "Nero Fiddles," The Nation, April 9, 2004: "A 'war-time president' wouldn't skip town just as the combat situation soured."
  • Scott Lindlaw, "Bush Discusses Iraq With Foreign Leaders,", AP, April 10, 2004: Bush spoke with Italian, Polish, and El Salvadoran leaders via telephone and with his top advisers via videophone. "Rice was to arrive at Bush's ranch Friday, where the Bush family was gathering for the Easter weekend. ... The president's parents, mother-in-law, daughters and Rice planned to attend church together Sunday at Fort Hood, Texas. ... On Saturday, Bush and his father were to go fishing at the ranch's bass pond with a crew from the Outdoor Life Network's 'Fishing with Roland Martin.' ... The White House approached the network about coming to film Bush, who is eager to cultivate an image as a sportsman with the millions of voters who hunt and fish. The crew was to bring its own boat for the shoot on the small pond."
  • Dana Milbank and Mike Allen, "Bush Gave No Sign of Worry In August 2001," Washington Post, April 11, 2004.
  • "The Silent President,", New York Times, April 12, 2004.
  • Joel Brinkley, "On Easter Sunday in Texas, Bush Awards Purple Hearts," New York Times, April 12, 2004: "This is Mr. Bush's 33rd visit to his ranch since he became president; all told he has spent almost eight months of his presidency here. ... Also on Thursday, American forces in Iraq pushed south to retake control of several Shiite towns held by insurgents, and three Japanese civilians taken as hostages appeared in a video broadcast blindfolded, while their captors threatened them with guns, knives and swords. ... Mr. Bush spent that afternoon leading representatives of 22 hunting, fishing and wildlife organizations on a tour of his 1,600-acre ranch. Among his guests were leaders of the National Rifle Association, the Ruffed Grouse Society, Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation. He also gave an interview to Ladies' Home Journal. ... On Friday, as Americans worked to put a cease-fire in place in Iraq, Mr. Bush fished in the bass pond on his ranch with Roland Martin, host of the Outdoor Life Network cable show 'Fishing with Roland Martin.' ... Mr. Bush 'took the biggest one of the day' -- a four-pound bass, Mr. Martin told The Associated Press. ... 'The president was very relaxed,' he added. 'He didn't really talk about politics at all.' ... The White House said Mr. Bush had to cancel another fishing trip scheduled for Saturday because of meetings with his advisers on Iraq. ... Mr. Martin said the president told him, 'I've been busy, all these crises.'"
  • Marie Cocco, "Bush was out of White House loop,", April 13, 2004: "Through all the hours of testimony, through all the days of television spin, through the mountain of documents, an incontrovertible fact emerges: Bush was largely absent from his own government in the spring and summer of 2001. ... Now it appears Bush is out of his own White House loop. Or at least he was in 2001. There is no meeting, no directive, no debate in which he played a role in developing a policy on terrorism."
  • Fred Kaplan, "The Out-of-Towner. While Bush vacationed, 9/11 warnings went unheard," Slate, April 14, 2004.
  • Alan Bisbort, "Asleep at the Wheel. Add dereliction of duty to the charges against Bush and Co.," Hartford Advocate, April 22, 2004.