I’ve been paying attention to the White House’s reaction to the tsunami, and of late it’s been quite enlightening. The other day, President Bush announced two officials would be going to the disaster area to assess the damage and see what more can be done. One of the officials is both the Secretary of State (the most senior cabinet position), while the other is the governor of a state that weathered four hurricanes over the last season.
And today, he announced that there would be a drive to raise non-governmental money for disaster assistance. President Bush reached out and convinced his two immediate predecessors in the Oval Office, one of each party, to co-chair the drive.
And just by coincidence, two of the above four men happen to be his brother and his father.
I’ve often referred to the Bush Family as “the Anti-Kennedys.” They seem to have a sense of responsibility about public service, and they bring to it a certain grace and dignity we haven’t seen since we lost Bobby and John Kennedy, Junior.
Say what you want about their speaking abilties, their policies, whatever. But their mothers brought them up right.