Bush: “I just can’t imagine waving a sign that says ‘Come and get me now.'”

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.

America is waiting for a real leader, as noted in today’s NY Times (see earlier post). Officials and clergy across Louisiana are begging for help…

“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!

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60 Responses to Bush: “I just can’t imagine waving a sign that says ‘Come and get me now.'”

  1. kj says:

    R says, I’m with you today. Yesterday was the moment, and it wasn’t taken. I’m furious about that. Instead, Bush has taken the high ground and by doing so, insulated himself (again) from critism that belongs ON HIS DOORSTEP.

    This isn’t about politics, this is about people dying, again, because of Bush’s incompetance. And NO ONE STANDS UP AND SAYS THAT TO THE CAMERAS.

    Oh yeah, the looters will be blamed. Classic blame the victim already at work. Just like we blame “the insurgents” in Iraq.

    God. Where is our commen sense?

  2. Dave says:

    How long ’til Laura Bush to come out and says, “Let them eat cake.”

  3. Ed Hanson says:

    There has certainly been a lot of criticism of Bush and the neocons over their handling of this tragedy in New Orleans, and it is well deserved. Hopefully, the American people will now wake up and see how they have been hoodwinked by the snake oil salesmen (and women). However, as a lifelong Democrat, I must point out that the Democratic leadership (or lack of?) has a fair amount of guilt for abdication of their responsibility as an opposition party. I voted for Kerry only because he wasn’t George Bush. He also wasn’t Howard Dean. He failed to put up a even a token fight and went down in flames. He’s not the only one. Even now, with all the ammunition the Bushies have handed the Democrats over the handling of the war in Iraq, the economy, the environment, and social issues, the Democrats STILL fail to rise to fill the leadership vacuum. Where is the leadership? Where is the resistance? Where is the backbone? I worry for our country. Is the current condition of New Orleans a harbinger of what the rest of the nation can expect to become? Like Russel Means has been saying in his lectures, “Welcome to the reservation.” God help us all.

  4. Ron Chusid says:

    If you don’t think John Kerry put up a fight you simply weren’t paying attention. Such comments are rather counterproductive if we want to see the Democrats maintain a meaningful opposition.

  5. Ed Hanson

    Can we not make this issue a Kerry/Dean comparison. The majority of our readers (and I) would disagree with your assertions and I think at this point the issue at hand is those suffering in the Gulf.

    There only so much Dems can do when they have no control of the Senate or House. I’ve seen a wealth of backbone from John Kerry in recent months and can document every time he has spoken out harshly against Bush and his administration.

    We all worry for our country and I think we see this catastrope as the true beginning of the end for Bush.

  6. KENNETH CLARKE says:

    Unfortunately Mr. Hanson is correct. The “should be” leaders of the Democratic Party all seem to be terrified of their own shadows, let alone of any words of Karl Rove, as relayed through his favorite puppet, GWB.

    Before his first term it was not quite crystal clear that Mr. Bush was an empty suit, that may have trouble tying his own shoelaces. By the time the election was “settled” by the Supreme Court, with very little effort by Mr. Gore to contest the “stealing” of Florida, the Democratic Party seemed to give up.

    By the time of the second election it was very clear that no lie was too outragous to be mouthed by GWB. The Democratic Party then held a convention that consisted of Mr. Kerry patting himself on the back. After the convention Mr. Kerry went on vacation for two weeks while Karl Rove had his minions start their “slime boat” exercise.

    Mr. Kerry, Mr. Biden, and Ms Clinton have all had endless chances both to provide some leadership to the Democratic Party and to attack Mr. Bush’s lies, evasions, invasions, and wrong-headed policies. So far they have all effectively had some other pressing business to attend to whenever these opportunities arose.

    To survive we have to have some hope, however there is an old political maxim “You can’t beat someone with no one”. When will the Democratic Party produce someone that can provide some of the leadership that is required to deal with the problems in both Gulf areas and to begin to turn the country around?

  7. Teresa says:

    Very soon, Kenneth. The new leadership will emerge. We had to get this low first.

  8. Kenneth

    After the convention John Kerry made a two week trek across the country by train and bus to connect with voters. I guess you missed it. As I told Ed above I can fully document every time John Kerry has stood up to Bush and his cabal in recent months, so please do us all a favor and don’t come here and spout that stuff. It may be acceptable to attack him on other blogs but it’s not acceptable here.

    FYI I expect we would have heard a lot more from John Kerry in the past few days, but he’s been in Iraq to re-assess the situation there since his last trip there in January. The trip was scheduled before Katrina and he’s due back tonight.

  9. Ron Chusid says:

    To clarify a bit, the trek across the country which Kerry and Edwards did take was to describe their domestic agenda (and show what was wrong with Bush’s domestic policies). Of course other times during the campaign Kerry did attack Bush for his lies on foreign policy also.

    Gore fought the 2000 election all the way to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately he had virtually everything stacked against him, between the Republican controlled state government in Florida, the Republican controlled US Supreme Court, and a news media which virtually proclaimed Bush to be President and Gore to be a sore loser.

  10. Wow, sorry I missed this thread. Great rants people. Almost like a DavefromPrinceton thread. Sniff, sniff, it brought a tear to my eye.

    The day the Supreme court ruling came down giving the presidency to Bush I told my son: They are going to take the worse parts of the Nixon and Reagan administrations and you are about to witness the most dishonest and corrupt administraion in the history of this counrty. Though at the time I knew Bush was incompetent for the job, I didn’t realize everyone in his adminstration would also be just as incompetent. If I did I would have added that to the list.

    Yo, if you guys want to bash Kerry take it to DailyKos. We don’t take that crap here. Its people like you that actually helped get Bush relected. Seesh…bad as some of the Bush droolers.