The Washington Times - May 27, 2008, 02:17PM

President Bush goes west today for a three-day, two-night swing through five states, highlighted by three fundraisers for Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.



But none of the fundraisers will be public, as had been planned.


The McCain campaign and the White House both told Politico last week that they moved some of the fundraisers to private events to, basically, maintain protocol.


Let’s store that away for if and when the Arizona Senator holds a public event/fundraiser with a big political or celebrity name that does not carry the downward drag of an approval rating in the mid to low 20s.


The president goes to New Mexico and Arizona today for a mix of public events and fundraisers, and overnights in Colorado, where he’ll give the commencement address tomorrow morning at the U.S. Air Force Academy.


After the address, Mr. Bush goes to Utah for two McCain fundraisers, and then on Thursday heads to Bucyrus, Kansas to raise money for congressional candidate Nick Jordan and the state Republican party.


Potus Notes hopes you had a good Memorial Day weekend. If any of you readers attended the president’s speech at Arlington National Cemetery, please e-mail me or comment below with your thoughts and reflections. For that matter, I’d love to hear from Americans all over the country and the world about how they spent Memorial Day weekend and how you remembered the men and women who have died protecting our country.


I saw an interesting sight myself at the annual concert on the U.S. Capitol west lawn Sunday night.


My wife, young child and I were standing in the back of the crowd taking in the scene when I noticed a group of six or seven people sitting on the lawn, wearing a lot of pink. I walked up to the group, and sure enough, it was a number of Code Pink members, decked out in full regalia, listening to the patriotic concert.




Among the group was the infamous Desiree Ali-Fairooz, who in October made national news by rushing toward Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a House committee hearing and waving hands covered with fake blood.


One of the Code Pink members told me the concert on Sunday night was a little too patriotic for Desiree, who was carrying a pink umbrella that said “Drop Bush, Not Bombs,” but that she had come anyway.


It’s a little after the fact, but it’s interesting to check out the anti-war Code Pink’s “Memorial Day Action Guide,” on their website. It’s full of specific activism ideas.


Certainly some would think it odd that next to an idea to “march in your local Memorial Day parade [and] Decorate your local Memorials for Veterans and hold a silent vigil at 3pm on Monday,” there is another recommendation that anti-war activists “FLY your US flag upside down as a sign that our country in is distress.”


No doubt many interpret flying the American flag upside down as a sign of disrespect, though many anti-war activists justify the practice by referring to a portion of the “Flag Code” in federal law, which says that “the flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”


One of the other Code Pink activism ideas for Memorial Day: “Impeachment Barbecue! Serve Cheney & Bush Shiskabobs with M-Peach-Mint Pie.”


Jon Ward, White House correspondent, The Washington Times