President Bush addressed the economic crisis at the White House today — for about two minutes.
It actually calls into question why he hasn’t given a much lengthier, sober Oval Office address to the nation, trying to reassure the country. Franklin Roosevelt had his regular fireside chats during the Great Depression, which, unfortunately, is what some experts are citing in comparison to the current downturn.
Roger Simon of the Politico writes, “Does the president have a magic wand that can make the current crisis go away? No. That is my point. Because the president lacks a magic wand, he must use the tools at his disposal, one of which is the bully pulpit.
“He needs to sit down behind that big desk in the Oval Office and have a formal address to this nation. Then he needs to hold a news conference and answer questions, even the unpleasant ones.”