The first was retired Air Force General Tony McPeak. He's a 37-year military vet, the former Air Force Chief of Staff during the first Gulf War, a former combat fighter pilot, and a lifelong Republican who campaigned for the first President Bush, Bob Dole, and George W. Bush in 2000. He’s now reregistered as an independent and is lobbying actively for John Kerry because he calls Bush’s foreign policy a “national disaster”. Among other things, he noted that “This administration has gone out of its way to piss people off, and friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.” He says that during his travels overseas and his dealings with other military advisors and officials, he notes more hatred and distrust of the US than at “any time in my life. It angers me as an American and it baffles me as a professional”.
The second was a 9/11 widow, a woman who lost her husband (he had voted for Bush in 2000, as had she) in the Twin Towers attacks. She's one of the family members who lobbied so vociferously for the 9/11 Commission and has been campaigning for basic and necessary changes in the way national security is handled in this country. Ever since she became a single mother, she's been in Washington pretty much continually, and she says that the Bush administration has been so focused on pursuing terrorists overseas (including Iraq, which didn't have any until we showed up) that they've fought every step of the way against security reform at home. She didn't say why (why: so they don't have to repeal the tax cuts), but she, who's in a good position to know, made it clear that George W. Bush is doing nothing to make us safer here in the U.S.
This country might not be able to take much more of the President.