As markets look for guidance on the federal government's role in the crises roiling Wall Street, President George W. Bush has maintained a notably low-key public presence.
For two days, the president has kept his thoughts on the financial sector's woes largely to himself, canceling one public event and declining to discuss the economy at others.
"There are times, believe it or not, when policymakers actually need to, like, work on making some policy," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino in defense of Bush's decision to stay below the radar.
In two public appearances Wednesday, Bush avoided any discussion of the profound changes sweeping through the world financial system. A day earlier, he canceled a planned media appearance following a meeting with his Working Group on Financial Markets.Like, nice.