November 4th, 2008
10:56 AM ET
6 years ago

The missing (current) president

President Bush has been missing in action for the past few days.
President Bush has been missing in action for the past few days.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Only one thing breaks the sound of silence at the White House today – the pounding of hammers outside the north fence as workers construct the inaugural parade grandstand.

President Bush, for the fifth day in a row, has no public events on his schedule. Even the daily White House briefing has been cancelled for Tuesday.

Mr. Bush and First Lady Laura cast their ballots for John McCain via absentee ballot on October 24th. In every preceding election, the President voted in person at the polls in Crawford, Texas.

Related: Bush absent from the campaign trail

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino says President Bush plans to stay at the White House tonight and watch election returns come in with family and friends, while celebrating Laura Bush's 62nd birthday.

At the White House briefing Monday, Perino commented not only on the president's absence from the campaign trail – but from the ballot.

"It's the first time in 14 years that President Bush hasn't been on the ballot," said Perino. "And that's a different role for him than in the past."

Regarding President Bush's dropping out of sight this week, Perino explained, "Look, we are realistic about the political environment that we are in. The Republican Party wanted to make this election about John McCain, and that's appropriate."

Perino blamed the President's low 28 percent approval ratings in part on unpopular actions he's taken like proposing the 700 billion dollar financial rescue plan.

"And often when you do big things and you make tough decisions, they're not popular. President Bush understands that," said Perino. "When he goes home to Texas, President Bush will be able to look in the mirror and know that he was true to his values and true to his principles. And that's what keeps him going."


Filed under: John McCain • President Bush
soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Mike

    I am not surprised by Bush's absense! McCain's chances of winning the election would be even less if Bush campaigned for him.

    Agree with Millie- too bad he didn't stay away for the past 8 years.

    Go Barack!

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Prezzy Ivo Junior

    Bush is a disgrace to the country, and we hope he wont come back to Washington after packing his garbage. I can only immagine how he feels right now about the possibility of an Obama win.

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Geez

    People please...TWO WORDS that should have you vote Obama/Biden...

    PRESIDENT PALIN

    Sure she was cleared of any wrongdoing by a committee she appointed...how convenient. Lies, lies, lies...and why no FULL medical records. She's hiding something...

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    So funny, that the same far-right-folks who were SO excited about Bush/Cheney four years ago, have done their best to stay clear of Bush/Cheney!! What hypocrites!

    I noticed in the previous comments regarding "Rove predicts Obama landslide" that there were two comments to undecided people. Personally, IF you are still undecided, YOU SHOULD NOT VOTE. To be undecided means that you do not have enough personal courage to THINK for yourself, and I say this with all due respect........ perhaps you need to seek counseling. With ALL the technology we have today, plus the traditional newspapers and TV stations IF you are undecided there are serious issues for you to deal with. Please do not vote.

    @ "The Watcher" PLEASE STOP WITH THE INSULTS! THERE IS BUT ONE......MESSIAH.......CHRIST JESUS! DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT WHEN YOU WRITE VILE COMMENTS YOU ARE SHOWING US WHAT A JERK YOU ARE?!

    PLEASE AMERICA LET'S REJECT THE VILE POLITICS OF THE GOP!

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. CL

    Bush spent half his presidency on holidays. Check it out. That lazy so and so is OUTA HERE!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. lucy

    The missing in action is totally understandable. His high approval rating of 28% is too profound for me to understand. It is be at most 10%. Laughing out loud.

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Lori Levine

    It is exciting regardless that election has been like a Disney Fairtale.
    who will win?
    Popeye and Olive Oyl or Robin Hood and his little helper

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Betty Webster NY

    How did the last 8 years get to be about Bush? I thought he was working for us....oh silly me...

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Mike

    Too bad he wasn't true to the values and principles of the majority of the AMERICAN PEOPLE!

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. pam Eugene OR

    And stay quiet until President Obama can come and fix all the messes you made!

    November 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. New Day

    WHO!?!??!

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Paul

    Juan Grain, whoever wins this election will be fortunate to get voted in a 2nd time.

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Wayne

    I believe this will be a sad day for America. We are going to elect a new President that supports killing thousands of babies and an immoral platform that supports gay marriage. God must be shedding a lot of tear for a country that was at one time a blessed nation. I feel bad for where we are headed and this new President is going to put it into overdrive.

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. LS, Austin, Texas

    McCain supporters have been angry from the very beginning, ever since McCain's tour-of-bashing began. Just goes to show the type of reflection McCain, Palin, and their supporters are made of.

    We don't need people like this running our country anymore – people full of anger and negative views.

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Ed Fuquay

    Thank God he is keeping his head in the sand! He's finally out of here!

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. ANGIE

    What else is new he has been missing for 8 years maybe he will rot in hell where he belongs

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Ram, Minneapolis

    President Bush's dismal, ankle-high approval rating does not result from just the 700 Bln USD bail out plan for the wall sttreet's misdeeds, but from a 8-year history of hugely unpopular Iraq war, the Katrina debacle, recalcitrant attitudes in the conduct of war, arrogant cowboy diplomacy towards the rogue states, and his refusals in fessing up to his blunders. Every American knows only too well these facts contributed to his pathetic performance rating.

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. lori

    I love President Bush and I admire his ability to stand on his belief, no matter how many turn against him. That is the true measure of a man.

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Florence

    There could be no joy greater than to see the backs of bush and cheney as they disappear into one hot place. We are hated throughout much of the world due to the evil these two have done. The best to Obama. I recall JFK and know that Obama is more than equal.

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Karen, Arkansas

    Where is Waldo???

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Eddie-El Paso Tx

    I still think it would have been worse if Gore was in office during 9/11.

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Ken

    Mr. Bush can look in his mirror and see what he wants. But what counts is what the American people have seen. Mr. McCain will pay today for the [R]ightwing delusion that this country has been subjected to: Mr. Bush's delusion about himself, and his supporters delusion about what he and the GOP have stood for.

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. NoMcSame

    Dumb and Dummie. Frick and Frack. After January we will not have to see these slime bags anymore.

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. db.in.tx

    The Watcher November 4th, 2008 10:59 am ET

    He was preparing the way for this "Messiah". Now that he has arrived, Bush's role must decrease while the annointed One increases.

    You believe this? I pray for you. Obama is an eloquent speaker, but so was satan when he offered JESUS CHRIST the world.

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Allan G.

    Lets all check back here in about 2 years just to see how things shape up. I'd be willing to bet that we are in complete shambles and we become the laughing stock of the entire world, just as Jimmy Carter led us. Obama's promises will not, and cannot be kept without complete disaster. That Obama high you guys are on is just temporary euphoria, it will soon wear off. Rehab will soon be needed to get you back to reality.

    November 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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