Curious George and the Beltsville Bike Ride
Two days ago a couple of unsuspecting yo-yo's flew a small private plane into restricted air space in Washington, D.C sending the Capital into red alert, the highest terror warning, and causing a chaotic evacuation of the White House, the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court. The plane failed to respond to a Homeland Security helicopter, came dangerously close to the White House, and then, after military jets fired warning flares, finally changed course. This was scary stuff. Federal agents and cops screamed "run, run, get out" to anyone in sight, and some were so quick-footed they left their shoes behind in their tracks. And where was our president during all this? He was 30 minutes away in Beltsville, Md riding his bicycle. That in and of itself is not the problem. The problem is that a decision was made not to inform him what was going on in the Capital. The reason being, he was safe, so there was no reason to unnecessarily upset him while getting his daily exercise. That is, of course, unless we choose to neglect the fact that he is also Commander in Chief of the US armed forces, for God's sake, and this was a red alert on our nation's Capital. And what about the safety of everyone else in the Capital? The country? Am I missing something here? Can you say "My Pet Goat?" We all remember how our fearless leader of the free world sat idly by, with that deer-in-the-headlights-look, for seven minutes reading this children's book to a bunch of wet-nosed schoolkids in Florida while bin Laden was wreaking havoc in our country. Now four years later, while our citizens are frantically fleeing the most sacred symbols of our great Democracy, Curious George is riding his bicycle around Maryland, oblivious to the chaos in DC. How on earth can the administration attempt to justify not telling him? Did they fear his reaction would be inept? Did they envision another 20 befuddled laps on the bike before he'd finally get off and react? Did they honestly not think--and this is the key question here folks--that the president of the United States, the Commander in Chief, should not be informed that its Capital appears to be under terrorist attack once again? White House press secretary Scott McClellan did his ineffectual best to minimize the situation. He said a review was underway regarding the handling of the situation, but added that Bush wasn't upset that he was not informed. I guess, to Curious George, riding a bike around Maryland takes precendent over making critical decisions like whether to shoot down the plane, shut airports, call up the military and other grave choices in time of crisis. Nice to know his priorities.