Who is Running the Show?

I grew concerned when I found out that Dick Cheney was no longer part of the Executive Branch of this government. There was a void at the top that needed to be filled. Dick was the brains of this Presidency and he was no longer part of this Executive Department.

But today, I learned that the President was also not part of the Executive Division of Government.

As reported:

“An executive order that Bush issued in March 2003 — amending an existing order — requires all government agencies that are part of the executive branch to submit to oversight. Although it doesn’t specifically say so, Bush’s order was not meant to apply to the vice president’s office or the president’s office, a White House spokesman said.”

I miss having a President in the executive branch.

O.K., I had made fun of Bush and Cheney many a time. But they were likeable dudes. Guys you could go out for a beer with. And now they weren’t part of the Executive Branch at all. I mean like the Executive Division was without a leader.

I should like to dedicate a wonderful poem “O Captain! My Captain!” (Walt Whitman 1900 Leaves of Grass) to the loss of the President and Vice-President from the Executive Division of our Government:

“O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart! 5
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills; 10
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck, 15
You’ve fallen cold and dead.


My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; 20
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead. “

Some liberals may scoff and say the nation is better off without this ‘Dynamic Duo’. But Holy Batman, they are the ones who made us safe from terrorism here in America. We could fight them there instead of here. We didn’t let conventions get in the way of torturing the terrorists and getting information. We interned them and we posited them in secret prisons. We reduced taxes and gave Americans more of their own money. When Katrina hit New Orleans, we gave the victims bus tickets to elsewhere. And we have made America safe for unborn embryos. And above all, they may have failed us once on 9/11, but they haven’t attacked us twice!

I will miss having a President and Vice-President.

But then again, I always get sentimental at times like this. My kids even say I cry at chick flicks.

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About Robert Freedland

A concerned American and supporter of Senator John Kerry, I am the author of the blog "John Kerry for President 2008". I am also the author of the stock market investing blog, "Stock Picks Bob's Advice".
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4 Responses to Who is Running the Show?

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  2. ironxl84 says:

    If there was one word to describe Cheney, it would be CONTEMPT.

    Contempt for the US Constitution.
    Contempt for the Congress.
    Contempt for the American People.
    Contempt for Due Process.

    This creep has gotta go!


  3. Darrell Prows says:

    A “Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice” is an admirable idea, but if it was capable of being successful it wouldn’t be needed. Were our issues in this area amenable to being easily fixed, that could only indicate that the problem is still pretty minor. But back thirty years ago when things were still easily controllable there were few of us raising the alarm and next to no one even listening. Now the problem is real, and it seems strange that there is so little acknowledgement of the strength of the remedy needed.

    There was a time when the United States had neither law nor justice. Or, more correctly, there was not even a United States, and the need to create a country within which law and justice could be given context was recognized. The tool to be employed under those very serious circumstances was given careful, thoughtful consideration and a Constitutional Convention was chosen as being the only remedy available that had the power to handle the job. Why we would now, given problems threatening to blossom into crisis, off handedly reject the one tool that served us so well initially would be inexplicable.

    A Constitutional Convention would allow the country to sit down and have a discussion with itself. It would not last only a day, and it would involve, in some manner, all of us. And here’s the thing. If this process was capable of originally producing the form of government that more and more of us are complaining about the loss of, there can be no doubt about the ability to create remedies that are as strong as we need.

  4. Ginny Cotts says:


    I thought that piece of this charade was getting too little attention.

    This is excellent. (Time to reread Leaves of Grass