President George W. Bush will make a short stop in Hartford’s northend Friday morning before zipping off in Marine One to Henry Kissinger’s home in Kent to raise money for Republican Sen. David Cappiello’s campaign against U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5.

Bush is expected to speak at the Northwest Boys and Girls Club on Nahum Drive around 9 a.m. Friday morning. The topic du jour for the president will be malaria, which fortunately is not one of the many problems that plague Hartford.

Unfortunately, none of the boys or girls will be there to greet him since the club doesn’t open until the afternoon. We know this because we used to run a program at the club. At the moment it’s unclear who his audience for the malaria speech will be.