Thursday, September 01, 2005

Bush's leadership during the Hurricane crisis : The media grows balls

Union Leader of New Hampshire :

"The cool, confident, intuitive leadership Bush exhibited in his first term, particularly in the months immediately following Sept. 11, 2001, has vanished. In its place is a diffident detachment unsuitable for the leader of a nation facing war, natural disaster and economic uncertainty."

Note : The cool, confident, intuitive leadership segment began after the 5 minutes spent reading My Pet Goat.

Washington Post :

This administration has consistently played down the possibility of environmental disaster, in Louisiana and everywhere else. The president's most recent budgets have actually proposed reducing funding for flood prevention in the New Orleans area...."

New York Times :

"George W. Bush gave one of the worst speeches of his life yesterday, especially given the level of national distress and the need for words of consolation and wisdom. In what seems to be a ritual in this administration, the president appeared a day later than he was needed.

Note : In his defence, the president couldn't make it a day earlier since he was busy serenading screaming, giggling nuns in Texas.

Sun Herald of Biloxi, Mississippi :

"While the flow of information is frustratingly difficult, our reporters have yet to find evidence of a coordinated approach to relieve pain and hunger or to secure property and maintain order. People are hurting and people are being vandalized.

"Yet where is the National Guard, why hasn't every able-bodied member of the armed forces in South Mississippi been pressed into service?"

Note : Pssst .... Your National Guard is in Iraq. 40% of them to be exact. But I thought you knew. After all, you sent them there yourself.

The man who became a darling in American's eyes by wearing God on his shirt-sleeve will now be brought down by an act of God.
Such is irony.

Update : Apparently the magnitude of destruction that a category 5 hurricane could wreak on New Orleans was predicted 3 months ago by Chris Mooney (courtesy the Daily Doubter) ,
a Washington Correspondent at Seed Magazine, a global science culture bi-monthly. Instead of paying attention, Americans were busy studying the effect of homosexuality and the display of bare nipples on television on adolescents.


Hume's Ghost said...

Some days I'm so frustrated I just want to bang my head against the wall.

gawker said...

That's unbelievable. Maybe if people stopped worrying so much about two guys kissing and started worrying more about practical dangers, the US might get somewhere.

Hume's Ghost said...

So ... damn... frustrating. Now I'm having flashbacks to when I read Devine's Bush vs. the Environment.

Everyone is blaming Bush for this stuff. You know who else needs a good what for? The press, for failing to let the public know that they have elected and re-elected a President who's sold the environment and their health to the highest corporate bidders.

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

these people had more than a weeks notice to get out of there... what were they thinking? and then to compare this to the boxing day tsunami? they had no warning at all and the death and destruction was far worse...what is with bush? maybe they should have left him to his guitar strumming in texas

gawker said...

Bush is probably the most incompetent president the US has ever seen. And it is funny how he seems to be totally detached from everything.