Monday, September 05, 2005

The Buck Stops ANYWHERE But Here.

Bush has been taking some hits for the poor job FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the Dept. of Homeland Security (which is swallowing up FEMA's duties) has done so far.

Well, if you worried that the President was going to get straight to work and take responsibility for fixing these dire problems, REST YOUR PRETTY HEAD! there's always someone else to BLAME!

Karl Rove has dispatched George W. Bush back to Louisiana and Mississippi this morning, presumably with marching orders to show the sort of respect and compassion he failed to muster his first time around last week. Meanwhile, all the president's men -- and the president himself -- are trying to shift the blame for the Katrina response from the White House to state and local officials.

As usual, however, the White House spin game is a little less than honest. The Washington Post reported on Sunday morning that a "senior Bush official" had complained that, as of Saturday, the governor of Louisiana -- who just happens to be a Democrat -- had not yet declared a state of emergency. Kathleen Blanco, meet Cindy Sheehan. Or Joseph Wilson. Or Paul O'Neill. Or John McCain.

Only this time, the media is on to the game, at least belatedly. As Scott Rosenberg notes, Gov. Blanco did, in fact, declare a state of emergency. She did it on Aug. 26, when George W. Bush was on vacation. The Washington Post has posted a correction.

3 comments:

Tabetha said...

Hey, did ya hear? President Bush is personally heading up an investigation as to what went wrong and why.

Well, whew!

Polly said...

haw! i'm going to look into JUST WHO TO BLAME for what i did wrong!

PERFECT! maybe my boss at the law office will let me do that one!

Tabetha said...

Well it can't be "Brownie", he's doing a "heck of a job" after all!

*cough* http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050907/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/katrina_disaster_response *cough*