Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
President George Bush will return to Ohio almost immediately after accepting the Republican nomination Thursday night.
Among other campaign activities, Bush will participate in an ``Ask the President'' session in Cleveland.
These events usually include a handpicked audience of supporters who will not ask the president questions he doesn't want to address.
For once, could we ask the president to live dangerously and open the doors not only to Republicans, not only to supporters who don't mind being scripted but also to Ohioans who have tough questions and the courage to stand up to the most powerful mind in the world and ask them, politely of course?
The president visits Columbus on Wednesday on his way to his party coronation. When he returns Saturday, it will be for his 11th Ohio visit this campaign season and 24th since taking office in 2001.
You'd think with this long association with Ohioans that the president would trust us enough to let us ask a civil, intelligent question on education, on the economy or on any of the preeminent issues in this battleground where the election could be won or lost.
Maybe the president we are supposed to trust doesn't trust us.
- Steve Love
posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 9:02 AM
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