President Bush seems to relish his western heritage in talk, walk and manner. But he's falling short.
One of the cowboy trademarks is trust. If a cowboy gives you his word, you can believe what he says. But when it comes to his political appointments' longevity, Bush has squandered our trust. Sure, some will say it's just politics. But I think he is lying to us, pure and simple.
Consider these Bush quotes about his appointees (from Bloomberg news):
Donald Rumsfeld -- six days before the November election, Bush said he was "fantastic" yet one day after the election "fired."
FEMA director Michael Brown -- "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job." Gone 10 days later.
Treasury Secretary John Snow -- out of work five days after Bush said Snow was "doing a fine job."
White House Counsel Harriet Miers -- withdrew herself as a Supreme Court nomination despite the President's assurances she would be confirmed as soon as she explained "the facts to the people" in her testimony.
This brings us to Paul Wolfowitz and Alberto Gonzalez. We already have the President's statements of support for these two whiners. But let's wait and see the final outcome and compare the action with the quotes.
President Bush is giving cowboy a bad name. Grit needs to be tempered with sense.