Covering Your Ass, Passing the Blame, etc. *
The ghost of Katrina
continues to haunt the president. "Was the president misinformed, misspoken or misleading?
" Now we know why the president applauded FEMA's former chief Michael Brown. Being fully aware of his own role--total lack of comprehension and unresponsiveness to the briefing (caught on video) about the impending disaster--the president played the hand that was available and hoped that it would all blow away. The beleaguered White House staff is doing contortions to explain the ten words "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.
" As to misspeaking, nothing new about that. He has been misspeaking ever since he emerged in the political arena. In hindsight Michael Brown, who became the butt of jokes and was castigated in the media, turned out to be not such a dumb cluck after all.*
“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).
---Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, ch. II, Macmillan (1865).