January 18, 2010

Bob Schieffer throws this stink bomb without naming any names. Anyone want to take a guess as to who he was talking about? My guess is if you got a straight answer out of him there would be some false equivalencies in there. I don't disagree with him that's it is good that Americans are coming together to try to help the people of Haiti.

Now maybe if his news organization decided to start doing its job and quit pretending our government had nothing to do with the state they're in now with the extreme poverty making this disaster worse, that would be something.

Transcript via CBS News.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Finally today, in a reporter's life there are stories--some interesting, some not; and then there are moments to remember. This weekend was one of those. When George Bush and Bill Clinton sat down together and said helping those in Haiti overrode politics, it symbolized that this was one of those times when the country came together. That seems to happen less often nowadays. In this day of mean and polarized politics we find no shortage of one-upmanship, pettiness, and those seeking partisan advantage. The politicians love it and have somehow come to believe it helps them when, in fact, it is has just the opposite effect.

My evidence of that, well, there was a time when people wanted their children to go up to be President. How often have you heard anyone express that wish lately? Or even that their child would grow up to have anything to do with politics.

But here is the good news. When Americans have to come together, when we have to put those things aside, we always do, as we did after 9/11. The reaction to Haiti may have been more remarkable than our response to 9/11 because 9/11, after all, was about us. This past week was about the suffering of others. Yet, with the exception of a few loonies and professional partisans, Americans opened their hearts and their billfolds and they did so even though America itself is in the midst of an economic crisis.

So it was good to see Bill Clinton and George Bush sitting together, good to know that in times past they drew strength and counsel from each other. That's how Americans want their leaders to act. Too often, they just don't.

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