Let me tell you, I'll bet that a lot of people are going to change their vote for president in the 2004 election based on this new ad from George W. Bush called "Solemn Duty" [gwb]. The centerpiece of the ad is George, sitting next to Laura, saying,
"I can't imagine the great agony of a mom or a dad having to make the decision about which child to pick up first on September the eleventh."What is that even supposed to mean? Maybe he's trying to explain why he sat at the elementary school for all of those minutes during the reading lesson after being informed of the terrorist attacks.
It's not really clear why he should need to imagine how a parent would feel, since one would expect that he might have first-hand experience on the subject, given that he has two children of his own.