David Frum, speechwriter to the GOP stars, has this advice for the president when he addresses the nation tonight:
No Oval Office, no big desk. Have the president stand in the Map Room, the room on the ground floor of White House in which Franklin Roosevelt reviewed strategy with his generals.It's rather telling that Frum believes the president needs to reassure the American people that he knows where Iraq is -- and can even point it out on a map.
... Hang a map of Baghdad on one wall. A map of Iraq on another. Have the president stand between them with a laser pointer.
Let him show where the sectarian fighting in the city is occurring, let him detail where US troops are currently deployed. Then he can explain the new plan ....