Friday, September 23, 2005

I'm always a cynic

The cynic in me suspects that only because it's his home state...

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Under intense pressure to show that he has learned the practical and political lessons of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush planned on Thursday to pack his foul-weather gear and head to Texas on Friday ahead of Hurricane Rita, trying to make clear that he is directing an all-out federal effort to cope with the storm.

Mr. Bush, who was photographed strumming a guitar in San Diego on the morning that New Orleans was being flooded 23 days ago, appeared intent on ensuring there would be no off-message pictures this time and no question of where his attention was focused.
Ah, come on, he's only headed down south 'cause he's from Texas. He didn't give a hoot about poor ol' NOLA.

And then he's going to Northcom to watch a little TV.



  1. Come on! If he didn't go to Texas you would say that he hadn't learned anything from Katrina.

    I'm waiting for Charles Rangel, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to say that he only went to Texas since Houston has a lot of white people in it.

    Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

  3. Johm, of course if he hadn't gone to Texas I would'a said that... I am a cynic, afterall, and that's a huge part of being a cynic.

    Scott, no contempt meant. I do question politicians' motives, however. No one is clean -- including me -- but I do value transparency, which includes motives. Some of our leaders are more clear, more transparent, in what their motives are, in what drives them, in what impacts their decisions. And other leaders hide behind a veil. In my ideal world, there'd only be a veil (and it would be fairly thin) for national security and law enforcement purposes. Why did the President stay in Crawford while New Orleans got pounded? I think now we've learned because he -- and the Secretary of DHS and the Director of FEMA -- didn't really understand the National Response Plan. In truth, I do think the President headed to Texas for political reasons, but also because he's learning (and I don't mean from a political perspective but from a servant perspective).