A Student’s Perspective: Bush’s Priorities are Clear

Getting out of bed in the middle of the night to sign a bill, in an attempt to get Terri Schiavo’s tube reinserted, is one thing that was weighing heavy on President Bush’s mind this week. But what about the 10 people who were killed in Red Lake, Minnesota, last Monday, in a school shooting similar to Columbine? Did he rush to the Native American’s side?

The answer is clear. No.

It was not until Saturday that President Bush addressed the lives lost in Red Lake through his weekly radio address. He set aside a couple of minute to give his condolences to the family during his routine weekly address.

Yet he broke his routine days before to try to get a bill passed through Congress in an attempt to get Schiavo’s feeding tube reinserted. May God bless Schiavo, but what idea was President Bush really trying to drive home when he signed this bill? Was he trying to say that he really cared whether or not this woman who has been in a vegetative state for 15 years continue to live off her feeding tube? Or was this a mere slap in the face to pro choice supporters and democrats?

It is clear that this was just another push for pro life and anti-abortion by the Republicans. Still 10 people are dead in Red Lake. But the president was too busy to address their needs immediately. But I guess he could argue that he did address the residents of Red Lake. It just wasn’t a precedented action, like in Schiavo’s case, instead it was routine, and something he does regularly—every Saturday in his weekly address.