As Mideast Crisis Grows, Bush Invites ‘American Idol’ To The White House

Violence in the Middle East continues to escalate. Iraq has descended into a civil war, with more than 6,000 Iraqi civilians killed in May and June. North Korea just launched seven missiles into the Sea of Japan, and Iran is aggressively developing its nuclear program; Afghanistan is “close to anarchy,” and al Qaeda “has not only regrouped, but it is on the march.”

Sounds like the perfect time for President Bush to host the cast of American Idol at the White House this Friday:

President Bush will come face-to-face with the one man who has his voting record beat. Bush plans to host “American Idol” Taylor Hicks and the other Top 10 finalists next Friday in the Oval Office. It will be the first time contestants from the hit television show have been invited to meet the president.

After that, President Bush starts his vacation in Crawford, Texas, which is expected to last from August 3-14 and August 23-27.