Letter To The Editor
At George W. Bush's final press conference, he spoke of his time in the White House by saying, "Every day has been joyous."
In this time of war, amidst six years of death and violence due to his decisions and lack thereof, he had the horrendous insensitivity to make this statement.
This shows a personality not thinking of others but rather himself. It shows someone too immature to recall the consequences of his actions.
It reveals a person insensitive to the burden of responsibility for the human lives being lost because of his decisions. It shows obliviousness to the feelings of others and to the grave moral obligation upon the shoulders of a commander-in-chief.
To be so insensitive while troops and civilians continue to die for him, while families grieve for their lost family members, while over 4 million Iraqis remain displaced from their homes, is beyond imagination.
But I witnessed it in that press conference.
His cavalier attitude was shocking. His incompetence is real.
A responsible commander-inchief bears the great weight of war upon his shoulders. But not Bush.
Any normal leader of a military force would not express this absolutely incongruous statement during a period of war.
My outrage at his total inadequacy for the position will endure beyond the American people's Mission Accomplished (removal of Bush from the White House).
A real commander-in-chief does not consider days of war as "joyous." And he doesn't "give a darn," in his own words, what I think or what the survivors think.
Sarah Maxwell Archbold