I’m sure this will raise the President’s job rating by a percentage point or two, maybe into the low 30’s. I did find it odd that someone as hawkish as the President has been, that he would suddenly make peace talks in Palestine a priority. And given his not-so-diplomatic remarks about some Arabs, some Muslims and some Middle East countries, making such a prediction seems outright ludicrous. The thought of a Bible-thumping Jesus believer who embroiled his country into two wars, trying to be a central figure in an Arab-Jewish peace negotiation is satire at best.
The current Administration has not had a good track record on predicting future history, and I would have thought that by now the President would stop trying to give himself yet another black eye. This type of rhetoric seems to be meant only to deflect media attention away from more pressing issues, like the Iraq War and our current economic situation.
Ronald Reagan (The Great Communicator) was very good at being a calming influence on the country; GWB just does not have that knack.