Saturday, September 03, 2005
President of the "Haves and Have Mores" is peeved about Katrina
Where did he say it? Al Smith Dinner, Waldorf Astoria, New York
There you have it. The answer to what makes our president tick. To his credit, he never made a secret of his fondness for the rich and famous.
Things were going well (oh, relatively well) in the second term. Lost some points in public opinion polls but the president says he never pays attention to them. With Republican majority in the House and Senate, the president was sitting pretty. Iraq has become a thorny issue but speeches about patriotism and national security usually keeps the kettle from boiling over. The Christian right happy with his nominee for the Supreme Court and position on other moral values issues---intelligent design, stem cell, morning after pill, abortion, sex education, gay rights. Anniversary of 9/11 coming up; the president was getting ready to give another speech about the great progress made in Iraq and the need to remain vigilant. In addition to riding his bike, clearing brushes, and fishing, he was doing some heavy reading to exercise his mind during vacation. He was like the cat's whiskers.
Then comes Hurricane Katrina and the president finds himself, literally, in troubled waters. He is beyond his depth. He has no explanation for the mismanagement of relief efforts and admits lapses. More and more facts surfacing about lack of funds to maintain the levees due to diversion of money to war efforts and tax cuts; lack of equipment and personnel (National Guard members) because of deployment in Iraq. He makes a quick trip to the devastated area, praises FEMA's Michael Brown (more about him follows) for his work and then flies back to Washington.
What a bummer. First, that busybody Cindy Sheehan and the peaceniks put a crimp in his vacation. Then the damn hurricane forced him to cut his vacation short---by two days. Drat, now the 9/11 speech needs to be revised. More time needed to rehearse. The job is no longer fun.
Who is Michael Brown and what did he do before appointment to FEMA
Michael Brown was an executive (Judges and Stewards Commissioner, whatever that means) of the International Arabian Horse Association. The organization is no longer in existence. Prior to that he served as manager of G.W. Bush's first campaign for presidency.
"Steps we're taking will help address the problem of availability, but it's not going to solve it. Americans should be prudent in their use of energy during the course of the next few weeks. Don't buy gas if you don't need it.
---President G.W. Bush,Washington, D.C., Sep. 1, 2005