The red phone is ringing, not for a nuclear attack, but a total meltdown of the world's financial system and there is no one in the White House to answer it.
As the Federal Reserve, along with central banks in Canada, England, Sweden, Switzerland and the European Central Bank, cuts key interest rates--crossed fingers trying to plug the dike--George W. Bush is packing his bags, taking time out yesterday to visit an office supply plant in a Washington suburb for a pep talk.
"I wish I could snap my fingers and make what happened stop," he told the workers there. "But that's not the way it works."
Meanwhile, the Gallup Poll reports Bush approval ratings as the worst ever and that only 9 percent of Americans are "satisfied with the way things are going," dipping under the all-time low of 12 percent in 1979, the time of rising prices and gas shortages when Jimmy Carter was president.
No word on where the Gallup people found that 9 percent or what they have been smoking.