A must-read. From Friedman’s Who Will Tell the People:
Our president’s latest energy initiative was to go to Saudi Arabia and
beg King Abdullah to give us a little relief on gasoline prices. I
guess there was some justice in that. When you, the president, after
9/11, tell the country to go shopping instead of buckling down to break
our addiction to oil, it ends with you, the president, shopping the
world for discount gasoline.
We need a president who is tough enough to tell the truth to the
American people. Any one of the candidates can answer the Red Phone at
3 a.m. in the White House bedroom. I’m voting for the one who can talk
straight to the American people on national TV “” at 8 p.m. “” from the
White House East Room.
Who will tell the people? We are not who
we think we are. We are living on borrowed time and borrowed dimes. We
still have all the potential for greatness, but only if we get back to
work on our country.
Completely worth your time to read it. Regardless of you politics, we can, likely, agree that the current situation is unacceptable.