Bush Would Be Better Off Staying Stateside

NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr observed President Bush's trip to the Middle East and has this bit of advice: "Please, Mr. President, with eight months left in your presidency, stay home."

DANIEL SCHORR: Eight months from today it's all over, and until then it's in the national interest that President Bush consider spending more time at home.

NORRIS: NPR's senior news analyst Daniel Schorr.

SCHORR: That's because his travels have become increasingly unproductive, even counterproductive. His speech to the Knesset on Israel's 60th anniversary was a disaster. It violated the doctrine that the American politics should stop at the water's edge by suggesting some parallel between the appeasement of Hitler and those - read Barack Obama - who would negotiate with terrorists and extremists today.

In Saudi Arabia, the president was treated like a poor relative. In January, Mr. Bush had urged King Abdullah to pump more oil and he was rebuffed. So now he returned to plead once again and he was rebuffed once again.

There is something almost condescending in the way that Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, told the press that the president didn't punched any tables or shout at anybody. Nor did the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, seem very impressed with one more renewal of the president's promise to define a Palestinian state while he was still in office.

The Palestinians have seen 10 American presidents come and go without anything happening to undo the Palestine partition of 1948. Veteran Republican strategist Ed Rollins said on CBS "Face the Nation" on Sunday that the Bush administration is pretty tired right now, and I think even the most diehard Republicans are ready to move on.

Presidents have traditionally enjoy foreign travel in their waning months in office, but given this sterile results of Mr. Bush's recent trips, it would be well for him to spend more time between Pennsylvania Avenue and Crawford, Texas.

This is Daniel Schorr.

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