For the fourth year in a row, George W. Bush has declined to appear the NAACP annual convention in Philadelphia. This makes him the first president since Herbert Hoover* not to attend the convention at least once while in office. (By contrast, Clinton attended seven of his eight years in office, and the year he could not attend, he sent Vice-President Gore in his place.) Heck, even Rick Santorum is putting in an appearance! The official reason that he would not attend was initially given as "scheduling conflicts" -- but it turns out that Bush will actually be in Pennsylvania during the six-day convention, including the last day of the convention, which is when he was invited to speak. Later, White House spokesman Scott McClellan cited "hostile political rhetoric about the president" as the reason Bush is snubbing the convention again. In other words, thin-skinned Bush can't handle criticism. This, just days after skulking off stage after being questioned about Enron during a press conference. Source: CNN News *Bloomberg News claims you have to go all the way back to Warren Harding to find a president who did not attend. I have not found any proof that Hoover attended.