Calling his mother, Barbara Bush, "my favorite senior citizen," Bush said that the new prescription drug program under Medicare — which takes effect in January — would benefit nearly every one who signed up.
Bush's trip came the same week in which House and Senate leaders threw in the towel on trying to get committee action on the legislation before the August congressional recess.
They cited the press of other business, including energy legislation and a Central American free trade pact. But Bush's plan faced solid Democratic opposition and a substantial amount of GOP skepticism.
Can Mommy Dearest save the day for Bush's Social Security plan, let alone rescue him from his sliding approval ratings? Personally, I think the ship is sinking...