President Bush, with the lowest approval ratings of his presidency, speaks tonight to the American people, who are largely tired of the Iraq war and sick of him. He faces hostility from the Democratic-controlled Congress and a media already handicapping the 2008 race.
He needs to show vision, flexibility, and resolve. Bush needs to remind the American people–and our enemies–why we are in Iraq, why terrorism is still a threat, and what he plans to do going forward.
Don’t bore us with a laundry list of policy proposals touching every aspect of the bureaucracy. Keep it short and sweet, and from the heart. It’s time to seize the initiative. Ronald Reagan was similarly down at this point in his presidency (remember Iran-Contra?) and finished strong. It’s time for you to show your finishing kick.