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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

For once, I have no leftie political brief, but only an observation: what on Earth is the President doing in Washington? It is inconceivable to me that any of the past presidents of the US would not currently be visiting Louisiana and Mississippi. Bill would have gone. Bush 41 would have gone. Ronnie would have gone. Jimmy would have gone.

It is probably true that any President can monitor a situation better from the White House than from whatever makeshift emergency headquarters they have on the Gulf. But monitoring the situation is not the point. People need to know that their leaders are on the spot and doing whatever they can.

Bush has a nasty habit of hiding from awkward facts, like Cindy Sheehan, or just plain hiding, as he was doing before Cindy Sheehan, and as he did after 9/11. But this is just crazy. These people voted for him. Sure, he cut short his unconscionably long vacation, but where's the Presidential helicopter? Where's the photo op?

People need to see their leaders.

Get down there George. One of the major cities of the United States has been devastated. What the hell are you doing hiding in DC?

8 Comments:

Not defending him as he is big enough to do it himself, but, maybe he is staying away at present due to the logistics, ie it would take away from the relief effort. It would be nice to say, yeah he can fly down any time, but realistically I dont think air traffic controllers or whoever would want another plane (or the pain) to come down at present.

Had similar situation in Aceh after Tsunami struck, and VIP's kept flying in to inspect the damage and offer support....and it did impede the actual relief efforts by delaying other much needed flights. Also, army personnel had to be diverted to provide security rather than looking for survivors.

Just a thought. Relief first, above all else.
cheers
Dave.

By Blogger Grubber, at 12:09 AM  

The man is a completely self absorbed moron. He panders to his wealthy "base" and no one else. The people who have lost the most in this are "common" people. Poor people. Not his "base". He doesn't care, has never cared and never will. After all, he's got a life he needs to "get on" with. He probably doesn't want to get his widdle feet wet.

As for your "reasoning", Grubber... I'm not buying. He could fly Air Force One to Fort Polk, LA get on a helicopter and be in New Orleans in less than 2 hours. Plainly, they would be no nedd to arrange security for his motorcade since there's no need for said motorcade as the roads are almost all flooded. He would be forced to take a boat to the worst hit areas. The Secret Service could ride in the boat with him. As for the boat, it's not that difficult to arrange in a city that's a shipping port...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, the man is a horrid President. We went from a Rhodes scholar to an idiot. *shakes head*

By Blogger writergurl, at 1:09 AM  

Both Clinton and Bush are/were terrible presidents but for very different reasons.
And Grubber is correct if you look at past presidents , there usually was a wait of at least several days if not longer depending on the tragedy/disaster before an on the spot appearence. I'd say for something like tsunami/hurrican etc its gonna be at least a 5 days to a week.

Bush isn't a moron... and the idea that people think he is makes me laugh. The only morons are the ones that truly thought John Kerry would beat Bush in a heads up match for president. As a certified card carrying Dem I can tell you one thing...get used to having a Republican in the White House for the next 8 to 12 years. Our lineup vs. theirs just flat out sucks.
It's like the Devil Rays pitching going against the RedSox's bats.

By Blogger CharlieDontSurf, at 3:40 AM  

“What do you think tribal sovereignty means in the 21st century?” Journalist from the Seattle P/I

“Tribal sovereignty means that—it’s sovereignty,” he stammered. “I mean, you’re a—you’re a—you’ve been given sovereignty and you’re viewed as a sovereign entity.” GWB... President of the SOVEREIGN NATION, the United States of Anerica and former Governor of the SOVEREIGN State of Texas.

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we.
They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people,and neither do we."
-- George W. Bush
Remarks at the signing of H.R. 4613, the defense appropriations act for fiscal year 2005 on Aug 5, 2004

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
-- George W. Bush, CNN, "Transition of Power: President-Elect Bush Meets With Congressional Leaders on Capitol Hill" December 18, 2000.

"I'm a uniter not a divider. That means when it comes time to sew up your chest cavity, we use stitches as opposed to opening it up." -on David Letterman, March 2, 2000
- George W. Bush on David Letterman, March 2, 2000

"To the C students, I say to you: you, too, can be president of the United States." - 5/21/01
- George W. Bush

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass the literary test." - 2/21/01
- George W. Bush

"I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure." - 1/18/01- George W. Bush

"The California crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants." - 1/14/01
- George W. Bush

"They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program." - 11/2/00 - George W. Bush

"I mean, there needs to be a wholesale effort against racial profiling, which is illiterate children." - 10/11/00 - George W. Bush

"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" - 1/11/00
- George W. Bush

"I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun."
- George W. Bush

YEP. The man's a mental giant all right... sooooo not a moron. Right? Riiiigght.

By Blogger writergurl, at 6:08 AM  

Bush was too busy to go to Louisiana to survey the damage. Yesterday he played golf, made a speech, then strummed a guitar with the Presidential seal for a photo op. Today he goes to Washington and resume "the people's business."

Calling this man a mental midget is an insult to midgets.

By Blogger PJ McIlvaine, at 9:29 AM  

There have been many past leaders who when forced to speak on their own without a teleprompter etc failed miserably.
John Kerry had just as many stupid remarks..Lambert Field lol...as Bush has had. We all know Kerry is smarter than Bush but he's just as likly to put his foot in his mouth.
There was one key difference though between Bush and Kerry.
Bush is so far superior to Kerry as a politician and tactian its almost laughable.

By Blogger CharlieDontSurf, at 6:56 PM  

BG, if you're a card carrying Democrat, I'm a lesbian vampire gnome.

By Blogger PJ McIlvaine, at 7:52 PM  

Funny.

But, guys, let's not get personal, here. I don't mind political vitriol, but only directed at our leaders, past or present or future.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 7:58 PM  

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