George Bush sees the ghost of Christmas future --
Bush spoke at the Yak-A-Doo's restaurant inside a Holiday Inn [in Fredericksburg Va.].
The White House wanted to keep the flavor of the local Rotary meeting, so there was no banner or backdrop. Bush was not even introduced; he just showed up, drawing a round of applause. The Christmas music being piped was not cut off until someone pointed that out.
The president watched silently as club members offered a truncated version of their normal business routine, offering the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.