This morning as tens of thousands of tired, hungry, hot, frustrated refugees waited to be evacuated from the Superdome and other areas in New Orleans, Bush once again showed his lack of compassion, sympathy and understanding for the desperate, stranded victims of Hurricane Katrina in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Bush, who spoke as tens of thousands of people were evacuated on buses from the Superdome in New Orleans to the Astrodome in Houston, more than 300 miles away, expressed sympathy for those still stranded.
“Thousands have been rescued, there are thousands more to be rescued,” he said.
“I just can’t imagine waving a sign that says `Come and get me now.’”
It’s easy to understand why George W. Bush “can’t imagine waving a sign that says `Come and get me now,’” he knows damn well he will never be in those circumstances!
“I fully understand people wanting things to have happened yesterday,” he said in a live interview in the Roosevelt Room of the White House with ABC’s “Good Morning America” program. “I understand the anxiety of people on the ground. … So there is frustration. But I want people to know there’s a lot of help coming.”
He said that while the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 were a man-made disaster, the aftermath of Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina were “just as serious in both cases.”
“New Orleans is more devastated than New York was,” Bush said.
Bush brushed off criticism that he did not return to Washington from his monthlong stay at his Texas ranch on Tuesday, in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. “I hope people don’t … play politics during this period of time,” he said.
Play politics, Mr President? Playing politics is making a speech in Rancho Cucamonga on Medicare while absolute hell is breaking out on the Gulf Coast. Playing politics is making a speech in San Diego comparing your illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq to WWII, while New Orleans waits to be rescued.
“We are out here like pure animals. We don’t have help,” the Rev. Issac Clark, 68.
The nightmare in New Orleans is beginning to look like a scene from John Carpenter’s Escape From New York. The mob is beginning to rule and our leadership under this administration is utterly lacking the sense to control the situation…
Terry Ebbert, head of the city’s emergency operations, warned that the slow evacuation at the Superdome had become an “incredibly explosive situation,” and he bitterly complained that FEMA was not offering enough help.
“This is a national emergency. This is a national disgrace,” he said. “FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control. We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims, but we can’t bail out the city of New Orleans.”
Homeland Security is equivalent to Homeland Insecurity…
Some Federal Emergency Management rescue operations were suspended in areas where gunfire has broken out, Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said in Washington. “In areas where our employees have been determined to potentially be in danger, we have pulled back,” he said.
Pulled back? Pulled back? Order those men back in there… Mr President. You send our troops to Iraq to fight a war based on lies… send them into New Orleans to evacuate the desperate citizens waiting for help in your own country!