Reuters reports "a handful of protesters were arrested at the Republican convention on Thursday night as. . .Bush accepted the party's nomination for another term, and thousands of people on the street near the convention chanted 'No More Bush.'" One woman protester "inside the convention arena took off her dress revealing a pink slip that said 'fire Bush, women say bring the troops home now.'" It was "the third night running that protesters penetrated security and entered the convention hall. Among them were members of the activist group Code Pink, which said in a statement, 'We want to ask how can they secure the country if they cannot secure their own convention.'" Media critic Tom Shales, writing in the Washington Post, thought Bush "still has problems maintaining poise. Twice, when cheers from the crowd were interrupted by jeers from a protester each of whom was quickly hustled out of the hall by security guards and police Bush looked flustered, even frightened, though he did keep reading from the prompting devices encircling him."
Editorials In Major Newspapers Pan Bush Speech.
Editorials in major US newspapers were also critical of the President. The New York Times thought Bush needed "to speak to the large number of moderate voters who feel that things have been going in the wrong direction over the last four years, and convince them that he has the capacity to learn from mistakes and do better. On that count, his acceptance speech fell short." The Washington Post says "for anyone who hadn't been paying attention the past 3 1/2 years, President Bush's speech last night presented a robust defense of his first term and a forceful case for giving him a second." Making a similar point, the Los Angeles Times editorializes that Bush's "well-written speech would have been more convincing if he had not actually been president for the last four years."