Burt Prelutsky

“I do not understand why you have not yet taken the fight to the gutless, immoral pacifists. For some of us, one of the darkest moments in our past was the sight of that last American helicopter lifting off from the embassy roof in Vietnam, our allies reaching in vain for the struts of the aircraft. It amazes and disgusts me that so many Americans in and out of the Beltway apparently long to see that piece of ugly history repeated.

“What’s the point of having a bully pulpit, Mr. President, if you have no intention of using it? Sincerely, Burt Prelutsky.”

I happen to like George W. Bush. I think he’s the sort of guy I’d like to hang out with. In that regard, he seems a lot like Rudy Giuliani, another regular Joe who knows his baseball, and totally unlike an old sot like Ted Kennedy, an effete snob like John Kerry, a fish wife like Hillary Clinton or a one-note gas bag like Al Gore.

But whether I like him or not is beside the point. We saw in last November’s elections what comes of listening only to those people whose advice doesn’t elicit an automatic electronic response.

I mean, really, how much worse could it be if he listened to me this time around instead of to Karl Rove?