Bush Claims Recovery Efforts “Are Not Acceptable” – The Blame Lies on His Shoulders

Bush claimed this morning that recovery efforts in New Orleans “are not acceptable.” Pardon my language here… but No Shit Sherlock! The blame for the unacceptable rescue efforts lies firmly on your shoulders Mr. President, and the shoulders of the inept members of your Cabinet.

In his column today, Paul Krugman asserts…

I don’t think this is a simple tale of incompetence. The reason the military wasn’t rushed in to help along the Gulf Coast is, I believe, the same reason nothing was done to stop looting after the fall of Baghdad. Flood control was neglected for the same reason our troops in Iraq didn’t get adequate armor.

At a fundamental level, I’d argue, our current leaders just aren’t serious about some of the essential functions of government. They like waging war, but they don’t like providing security, rescuing those in need or spending on preventive measures. And they never, ever ask for shared sacrifice.

In recent months there has been much talk about the a quagmire in Iraq. The quagmire is no longer in Iraq, it is here in America, in the Gulf Coast, in New Orleans.

Americans are dying because our Federal Government failed to respond in a timely manner. Americans are dying because our Federal Government failed to have rescue and recovery teams ready to move the moment the storm moved past New Orleans and other areas affected.

Unlike 9/11, there was forewarning on Hurricane Katrina. No one, absolutely no one, should have sat by and waited to begin sending in supplies, medical assistance and rescue teams. Americans outside of the area sat stunned watching their TV’s asking: Where is the help for these people?

On Monday, I knew it was evident that this would be a disaster of epic proportion. How could our President not see this?

There are many questions that need to be asked in the coming days. Asking these questions are not a matter of playing politics as Bush inferred yesterday. These are questions that every American has a right to ask. Tim Russert said this morning in an interview with MSNBC:

So the questions that have to be asked are:

Why weren’t the poor people evacuated? They don’t have SUVs. They travel by public bus. Could they have been evacuated?

Secondly, in terms of pre-positioning, where were the troops, where were the National Guard? If people were to be sent to the Superdome, why weren’t there cots and water and food there?

Second-guessing is easy, but it is also, I think, a requirement of those in a free society to challenge their government, when the primary function of the government is to protect its citizens and they haven’t been protected.

The president has now admitted that rescue and recovery efforts to date “are not acceptable.” We, the American public, must demand answers and must demand that he and his administration be held accountable. There are no excuses viable. This is the final straw for the Bush administration, they have broken the trust of millions of Americans. They have proven what what many of us already knew. For every person that has suffered from Hurricane Katrina, we who have not must stand up and fight for those people and help to restore their faith.

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Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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10 Responses to Bush Claims Recovery Efforts “Are Not Acceptable” – The Blame Lies on His Shoulders

  1. kj says:

    Just got home. Turned on the television. Bush was speaking. I turned off the television.

    Will this man EVER be held accountable in this life for his deeds? While I understand he is a soul, just like the rest of us, I admit, I want to see him locked up in the stocks in the center of the country… just once.

  2. You said it Pamela and Krugman!

    It has been obvious for years. Bush, his admin, the current GOP and many of their supporters just don’t care. They don’t give a crap about this country or its people or anyone else in the world, except themselves and theirs. Many of them may even despise most of the people in this country.

    They make it obvious in everything they do…

    As for New Orleans. I assume Bush didn’t care what was coming. Well I don’t mean that. He was obviously happy about the coming hurricane because he needed something like that. He, Rove et al figured the hurricane would be another great chance for him to use the suffering of others for his benefit. His poll numbers have been down a bit you know.

    They figured he could go down after the hurricane, spew a little BS, act like he gives 1/2 a shit about these “regular” people, have a few photo ops, hand out bags of ice like in FL, throw some more treasury $ around. Then he gets the usual praise and slobbering by the MSM of how well he connects with the regular people, how you can see his compassion, etc…retch…

    Then poll numbers go back up and he can get back to important business. There is the “death tax” to permanently repeal you know… Well that may have to be second now. Now you’ll hear first that he needs to push through some more tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate welfare real quick. “Our economy just took a big hit, we got to get the economy and people working again…”

    When things suddenly appeared to be going badly. Why was there still no action by his admin? It is obvious. They were doing what they always do. Busy meeting and discussing politics and how they could spin this to still make Bush look good.

    Politics is all he cares about and all he has ever cared about, esp dirty politics. Well that and personal enrichment of him, his family and friends. That was all known about him before the 2000 election. If anyone cared to spend 15 minutes to check.

    Sheesh, he even admitted it before the 2000 election, “I’m not the kind of guy who likes reading policy papers”. Confirmed by his Treasury Sec O’Neill, fired for speaking the truth a couple times and by his first Director of Faith Based Services (D’ something…).

    The both said the exact same thing after leaving his admin. Both said they’d worked with many other administrations and had never seen anything like this one. That everything is politics, EVERYTHING. That there is no actual policy apparatus at all. That every decision made is based purely on politics. They care of nothing else.

    So, how’s that all working been working oout for you America?

    I mean also, the people in NO were mostly poor city people, many of them minorities. Many probably don’t even vote and those that do, likely wound not vote GOP. Therefore he cares even less about them than the average American, which means less than nothing…

    p.s. If any Bush supporters are reading this. Do the right thing for once in your worthless life. You are either too stupid or too much of an a-hole to live among humans. Please kill yourself. Thanks for your cooperation.

  3. kj, Bush has no soul. He is beneath pond scum.

  4. Hi Dave

    Glad you got that off your chest! There may be some voters that are redeemable… as for the cabal — no chance.

    I’m actually looking forward to watching Meet the Press Sunday. If Russert challenges the idiots he has on I will stand and cheer.

    Meanwhile my daughter just informed me that she saw a news report that misplaced kids will be coming to her overcrowded school and other school in the LA area – they were reporting from outside of her school. We’ll be welcoming them with open arms.

  5. Sorry Pamela. I really can’t take these “people” any longer.

    As far as Bush voters go, two of them are my best friends both currently living in Colorado. For the last 12 years we even meet in Vegas each year to hang together, gamble, eat and bust on each other etc. Been friends with one since 1st grade, the other for only 30 years.

    I’d actually rather they didn’t shoot themselves but it has definitely effected my feelings toward and opinions of both of them. That upsets me greatly but can’t be helped. I have to force myself not to think about it or it could easily end our friendship. I just have to try hard from now on to never let anything close to politics come up, ever and pretend they aren’t droolers. At least they aren’t of the total moron asshole variety but then I wouldn’t be friends with them to begin with.

    I have to realize they are beyond reasoning with at this point and may never get a grasp of reality. After a point, it is too hard to hard to allow oneself to comprehend how you could be that dumb and have been played and fooled for so long. Cognitive dissonance…

    One even thinks Fox is “Fair and Balanced”. Other may too but didn’t come up with him. I don’t talk to him during the year nearly as much as the other. One calls me all the time to BS while driving home from a job to kill time or sometimes out walking the dogs. He knows I’m always willing to babble on the phone with him. I talk like I type. Often just as incoherently too, I’m sad to report. Scary huh. 🙂

    I just hope to God he doesn’t call me soon and mention something about the hurricane. The least of what I might say is ask him if he’s happy he’s got even more blood on his hands…

    BTW, don’t get your hopes up with Russert. He is often such a disappointment the last few years it is sad. Often just the old MSM give GOP guests a pretty easy pass on their spin and give Dems a hard time and parrot that GOP spin/conventional wisdom.

    Though some of the MSM might actually be starting to realize the damage to this country they are responsible for by their getting Bush elected for two terms, building him up and covering for him and assisting the GOP so much in general over the last 10-15 years.

    They may be starting the try to regain a shred of their souls. But I never get my hopes up anymore with them. I think most are beyond incompetent now and aren’t even capable of anything other than group think pack behavior based on “conventional wisdom” GOP talking points.

  6. Ron Chusid says:

    It will be interesting to see what Russert does. He certainly has taken the neocon line on Iraq. It is sometimes difficult to predict what a journalist will do. If he smells a good story in the incompetence of the Bush Administration here, he might have enough journalistic instincts left to follow up on it. Or he might continue to back the Bush line here.

  7. Dave

    No problem I have the same frustrations. I have a family member who voted for him, it’s tough. During the campaign an old boyfriend sent me some of the SBL crap too. I went off on him big time, have not heard from him since. LOL! I actually suspect my ex was registered to vote in NH and FL. He’s one of those self made millionaires who retired at 50 and thinks tax cuts are grand!

    I find it very difficult to talk to people who don’t see this stuff or who are closed minded about it. I’m supposed to a go to a party Monday and some of the closed minded sect will be there and I am dreading it.

    I don’t have high hopes for Russert but I will applaud him if he sticks to his guns. More seem to be speaking out. We’ve got to have hope. As more of the MSM steps up the mindless will start to listen.

  8. kj says:

    Dave from Princeton is back in the building! 😉

  9. KJ

    Dave from Princeton is on a roll! Keep it coming Dave!