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Not Bush’s Finest Hour?

The president seemed hugely distracted during his little press conference a little earlier, during a disturbing shutdown of the northeast–hours after it started. A look at the Drudge report would have given Americans more information. If you have Fox on now, you see him at a campaign fundraiser in California (well lit, thank you very much). If you switched on CNN earlier, you got former energy secretary Bill Richardson (who seems to be everywhere) and Hillary Clinton. Where exactly is the current energy secretary, Spencer Abraham? Really not a good public face from the White House during this. Americans with power left wondering why they are listening to the governor of New Mexico explaining U.S. energy to them (Richardson), disturbed by a president who looks like he was caught by surprise and unprepared. (As parts of NYC started getting power back, they got Bush on CNN joking at the fundraiser after a replay of his terrible press conference.) No matter how much money is raised tonight, you know the folks with the reelection campaign are not smiling.

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