Andrew Malcolm of the L.A.. Times's Top of the Ticket blog reports on the actions of a real president:
Last night former President George W. Bush and
his wife Laura made a secret visit to the devastated military families at Fort
The Bushes instructed the commander of the
mourning military base that they wanted no publicity. With their Secret Service
detail, Bush and his wife made the 30 mile trip unannounced from their ranch
near Crawford, Texas Friday evening.
Fox News broke news of the visit this afternoon.
Other sources said the former first couple spent about two hours meeting with
family and soldiers, talking quietly and at times hugging them as they did in
private at other times of crisis such as post-9/11.
COMMENT: When President Obama went to Dover Air Force Base,
Delaware, earlier this week to be present for the return of war dead, he took
his photographer with him.
There is a difference. And it goes beyond style.