In light of the recent slaughter of 32 people by a mad-man claiming to be a Christ-figure, this L.A. Times article raises the best point. All the media coverage of the carnage is in somewhat bad taste. Now is the time for silent reflection, and mourning of lost love ones by the families of those affected.
President Bush came to console the Virginia Tech community. Though I completely disagree with virtually any policy idea he puts forth, his presence reminds that the office of the presidency still holds a dear part of this country's persona. Bush's presence is a way to show that this country stands with the victims, regardless of politics.
At least that's what I would like to think based on my observations.