Bush: To lead, follow the people

For the past month, President Bush’s approval rating has been lingering just below 40 percent, and apparently the White House is concerned.

Bush appointed Joshua Bolten last week as the new chief of staff after Andy Card announced his resignation, and in response to the growing opposition to the war and waning support from the Republican Party.

The thing the White House does not understand, however, is that a personnel switch will not make America’s problems go away.

The men and women fighting in the Iraiqi War haven’t gotten any closer to coming home as a result of this recent move – or any other approach that the administration has tried.

The final authority in this country comes from the president and until he changes his mission, no one will put their faith in him.

A wise man once said, “There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader.”

If your approval ratings are telling you month after month that you’re disconnected from your constituents, it’s time to begin to follow them.

It’s hypocritical to think that we’re fighting a war to give others democracy, yet the people in America’s democracy are being ignored.

So who’s going to invade us so that we can get the things that we want?

What President Bush has yet to learn is that he can’t push an international agenda without domestic support.

And if there is no domestic support, you’ve got no business with that agenda.

Samantha Long for the editorial board