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May 26, 2011
Imagine if a hurricane ripped through the Florida coast, killing hundreds, while President George W. Bush was traveling overseas. He would respond by using the presidential crisis management response field manual. The president releases a statement of support, calls the governor of Florida to offer assistance, and orders the FEMA director to take control of the emergency. This sounds pretty reasonable. After all, he is overseas and there is very little he can do until he returns. But then, Bush gets the royal treatment and plays a highly publicized game of cricket with the Indian Prime Minister. The photos show the American president having a blast. Bush now looks out of touch, and the Democratic Party wallops him with this charge for two weeks in the media.