If Bush could wipe a tear from just one child's eye...
One hundred Brentwood kindergartners, many dressed in costumes, were all set to go see "The Wizard of Oz" on Friday when their first-ever field trip was blocked by the nation's 43rd president.
They never got to see the wizard.
President George W. Bush, his Marine One helicopter grounded by fog, brought morning rush hour to a standstill while his motorcade proceeded from West Los Angeles through the San Fernando Valley to Simi Valley for the dedication of the Air Force One Pavilion.
"Southbound was wall-to-wall, creeping, except for the car-pool lane," said Dan Page of Simi Valley, who saw the deadlock from his Toyota Prius as he threaded the jam in the HOV lane heading for his job at the UCLA Health Center.
Like many from a region that overwhelmingly cast votes against Bush in 2004, Page was critical of the president's decision to disrupt the nation's busiest freeway commute.
"If he can sneak in and out of Baghdad without anybody knowing it, it seems like he could slip in and out of L.A. without disrupting rush hour - twice."
No turkee for you, Dan!
But you know what, kids? I think we've learned a very important lesson here today! Just like in the movie we never got to see—we've seen "A very bad wizard". Because a good wizard knows not to block rush hour traffic in LA!
NOTE I seem to remember a boatload of frothing and stamping from the Wingers and the SCLM about another LA delay... Something about a haircut and a runway... But let a hundred kids have their dreams shattered, and IOKIYAR!