The obligation the President has is not to unions first but to the american people who make up those unions. No one including unions are bashing the President by telling the truth. The truth being that this administration has aggressively worked to destroy unions, by doing this Bush and big business know that the main catalyst for improving wages,working conditions, retirement and every other quality of life issues as they pertain to work will be eliminated. Now I know some people on this board feel that because they have a degree and are "Professionals" they would be able to walk into a company and "negotiate" a contract that they feel they deserved based on their own merits. Companies and HR managers love that arrogance/ignorance of employees who believe they can out wit, out negotiate people who spend every working hour looking at pension numbers,sick/leave,compensation and every other facet of employment as it pertains to finances. So by destroying unions we will all have to fend for ourselves any time we ask anything of our employers. Why does anyone think that Henry Ford went as far as having his Goons/Private police force beat and kill Union organizers, because he knew that a union would give popwer to that powerless assembly line worker, who in his ignorance only asked for an hourly wage and never considered retirement, vacation, med ins, etc. Unions set the prevaling benefit package for most middle class professions then non union companies know the yard stick they have to meet to keep their own employees. The stock market being up is bad for some working people because it says that even though middle class wages are stagnent,people still have to purchase goods. As the price of goods increase and wages stay the same,a higher percentage of workers paychecks must be used just to stay above water. Bush and his folks love this because they will also reap the benefit of stocks being up. As more middle class people fight to maintain their standard of living how much is left for investments after mortgage,ins,tuition,credit cards,child care,etc. I don't want to write a novel but why do you think Bush wanted to privatice social security, Millions of dollars would flow daily into the coffers of private Investment companies who are in cohoots with this Admin. How do we manipulate oil prices? We invade countries excaserbate present underlying conflicts,when that govermnet can not maintain it's infrastructure and oil production, we say theres a shortage of oil production and our refineneries don't have adequate supply to meet our consumption needs. Sorry for any misspellings I'm not a very good typist.