Yes, the President of the United States has been in the Middle East now for several days. However, I have heard little reporting about his trip on the major cable news networks. Instead, they have been totally focused on the 2008 presidential race which will replace George W. Bush as President. Of course, most people in the United States long ago started tuning out news that revolved around the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. It is difficult for most Americans to get behind any type of peace agreement between Israel and Palestine because so many failures have occurred in the past. Going back thousands of years, the Palestinians and Israeli's have hated each other and for some people there cannot and should not ever be peace between these old enemies.
President Bush, like President Clinton before him is in the Middle East trying to find a way to stop the killing. However, President Bush will most likely fail because as long as these two party's would rather kill the other rather than find compromise then nothing positive will happen over the long term. There is a term that goes around Washington during the final year of a President's service and that term is 'lame duck'. Right now, President Bush is a lame duck President that will have little power to get anything done domestically in Washington. So rather than feel completely useless, President Bush is doing the same thing as his predecessors and that is to travel the world during his final year in office trying to do something to perpetuate his legacy.
I am not surprised that the major news media has moved from covering President Bush toward covering who the next President of the United States might be. The eight years that President Bush has served as President have been difficult for many people and in very large ways the United States has changed over the past eight years. The biggest change was on September 11th, 2001 when terrorist attacked the United States. That one event change the role of President Bush for the rest of his term and even today, people either like President Bush or dislike him based on choices he made after September 11th, 2001. This year will be filled with many more trips abroad by President Bush as he tries to leave his mark on the Office of the President. The next President will face a much different world than George W. Bush did when he took the Oath of Office in January of 2001.
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