President Bush’s speech on Iraq Sunday evening showed his leadership and courage in dealing with the war. We’re going to need to see that side of George Bush if a good Medicare bill is to be approved this year.

Without presidential leadership of the selfless and gutsy kind, we’re likely to see either no bill at all or one that doesn’t do much. Either way, the big job would be postponed — again — and the more we postpone it, the tougher it gets.

Fortunately, the President knows this, and since this summer, he and his aides have heard an earful about the need for the President to be personally involved in this issue.

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