Surprising bellyaching from both Glenn Reynolds and Andrew Sullivan about Bush’s flight out to the carrier. Lighten up, guys! Those men and women have been at sea for almost longer than any other carrier—the Commander-in-Chief decides to extend them the courtesy of flying out to say thank you (add to that the fact the carrier was out of range of choppers, so how else was he supposed to get there?). What’s the problem??

Michael Ledeen speaks for a lot of viewers I think in NRO:

“George W. is the most amazing president. How could anyone have imagined that such a man, who lacks all the credentials to conduct foreign policy (he hasn’t traveled, he hasn’t studied foreign cultures, he doesn’t speak foreign languages, his knowledge of world history is skimpy, and he hasn’t memorized the last decade of the New York Times) would turn out to have the best foreign-policy instincts imaginable? He reminds me more and more of Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan. He has the most important quality of a great leader: He instinctively finds the words to express what the American people believe. And his are simple words, not fancy ones.

What a pleasure.”

What a pleasure indeed.