Your city is hit by a massive terrorist attack, nuclear or biological in nature. Thousands are dead and many thousands more are homeless. You won't be able to return to the home you and your family have known your whole life - for months, maybe years. President Bush spends the first two days after the attack playing guitar and having cake.
That's OK, right? Anything else would just be stupid symbolism. After all, what can *he* do, right?
Run that one up the flagpole.