Bush really blew a great opportunity when Cleland and Rassman showed up at the former pig farm that Bush now calls home.
Just imagine how this political stunt would have gone, had Bush invited both the decorated veterans into his home to take the letter, offered them a nice cool beverage and "visited" with them for a while? Then walked them both to the gate to see them off, and stopped and "visited" with the reporters briefly mentioning that he was honored to have had both those men in his house, praised their service to our great nation, accepted their letter and reminded the press of his long standing support for campaign reform -- which they would have all parroted in their stories as if actually true, yada, yada, yada.
This would have blown up on Kerry and Bush would have stole the show and the nightly news coverage.
Bush really blew it.