President George W. Bush isn’t at the Republican Convention. Weird, isn’t it? Anyway, Bush rallies the Republican faithful and pumps up Senator John McCain while justifying the surge.

From the Washington Post:

The Republican National Convention got back on track tonight with a procession of high-profile speeches designed to illuminate Sen. John McCain’s life and record of service, after getting knocked off schedule by Hurricane Gustav and off message by controversies surrounding the GOP’s vice presidential pick.

In the most anticipated speech of the evening session, President Bush addressed the Xcel Energy Center crowd live via satellite from the White House, delivering a strong endorsement of the McCain-Palin ticket. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.), the Democrat-turned-Independent who has endorsed McCain, and former GOP Senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson are also on the speaking roster. (more… )