The act by which a person abandons and forsakes, without justification, a condition of public, social, or family life, renouncing its responsibilities and evading its duties. A willful Abandonment of an employment or duty in violation of a legal or moral obligation.The team of bush/cheney have deserted the country. They are absent. They are no where to be seen. They should be charged with malfeasance and dereliction of duty. Have you seen them during the meltdown in the financial markets? Have they been on the point of calming and assuring the American public that things can be fixed? Have they shown themselves on TV to say that they are working on solving the problem? Hell no! Rove has probably advised them to stay away from this negative story.
When you stop and think, it might be a good thing they are invisible. One, if they were really involved in trying to fix this financial nightmare then things would only get worse. They are incompetents after all. Two, they are leaving their good buddy McCain in the hot seat all by himself trying to explain why he has always objected to regulation of the financial markets.
So, maybe this is all playing out okay. Meanwhile, I personally know of people who are really in trouble because of this fiasco. And, there are millions of folks I don't know who are also in a state of despair because their retirements are being trashed before their eyes.
In the military, if you desert, you are put on trial. That should go for the 'Commander in Chief" too.