Skip to comments.White House Shifts Blame (WP front page)
Posted on 09/03/2005 7:52:14 PM PDT by jmc1969
Bush administration officials blame state and local authorities for what leaders at all levels have called a failure of the country's emergency management.
Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state's emergency operations center said Saturday.
The administration had sought control over National Guard units, normally under control of the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request, noting that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. State authorities suspected a political motive behind the request.
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Washington Compost...sucks sucks sucks
Is this the friday before the hurricane or the friday after?
Babineaux Blanco; I believe that's French for 'empty suit'.
There you go. They've come full circle. First it was, "Bush was asleep at the switch and didn't do enough early on." Now it's, "Bush tried to take control too soon due to political motivations."
Only the psychotic left could pull this dog and pony show and think they could get away with it.
Just when I thought they couldn't go any lower. How many times have I had to say that?
BLECH! BARFF!! ECCCCCHHHH!!!
It does not matter that Blanco did everything wrong, the template says that it is all Bush's fault. How dare he work from his ranch for 5 weeks. How dare he not meet with "Mother" Shehan. How dare he breath air that someone more worthy could breath. The MSM will do all they can to try and ruin the President no matter what the truth is.
It's finally happened. The 'Hate Bush' mentality has come home to roost and is now affecting policy decisions.
Bush SHOULD federalize LA. It is the only way to get this under control.
yeah? Well I'm out for blood too. Theirs.
They are the lowest scum on Earth and now it's time to expose the vernim with the best assets at our disposal. THE TRUTH!
Shifting blame like Hell, puttin it right it squarely belongs more like it WAPO!
Thank God Bush took over. My gosh, those people were in dire straights and suffering under the hand of Blanco.
The MSM knows who's to blame for this screw up, and that's why they're on the attack. Had Bush not saved the day, those poor people would still be screaming from their roof tops. Nothing happened until he moved in, and that's pretty darn obvious to any one with a brain.
Roughly translated it means, "mouth of a whore."
Looks like it was done the Friday after the hurricane.
Screw the MSM. Especially the comPOST.
In any disaster, fixing it STARTS at the local level and goes UP. Only the MSM can make the whole thing GBush's fault - from global warming cooking the storm, to dysintery in the superdome.
I have my problems with GWB, but i DONT LIKE LIES. and that's what the MSM has become IMO - A SPREADER OF LIES, working in concert with the Rats. Even Fox - ShepSmith in particular - continues to push the idea that somehow all this would have been MINOR if GWB wasnt on vacation. Lies, Lies, Lies. I'm tired of it. Thank GOD for Free Republic so I can vent.
We're going to need lots and lots of rabies clinics. Foaming at the mouth nuts they are...
The fit has hit the shan.
This sentence alone tells everyone the true agenda of the MSM.
It's just too absurd.
Shifts Blame.......no, just telling it like it REALLY is!!!
Well, since the MSM automatically puts the blame on Bush for every problem from the very beginning, even before the facts are out, any future revelations of facts by the White House qualifies as a "shift of blame" by their warped logic.
FEMA Brown ain't lookin real good these days.
If Blanco turned down Bush's request to federalize the troops, then she should be impeached. And judging from the excuse they gave the reporter, it seems that she did.
you know you could almost become aggravated with the hypocracy. bush is such an e-vile man. after all he caused the hurricane just so he could declare martial law.;)
Actually, despite the misleading headline, this clearly shows that President Bush, having no faith in DemoRats to handle the situation competently, did precisely the right thing.
If Bubblehead Blanco had ceded authority to the President on Friday night as he requested, the vast majority of people would have been evacuated and this whole fiasco could have been avoided.
Of course the White house was trying to take control.
The Governor wasn't taking the needed action to save thousands.
That's the way I read this story too...Im I missing something...I know my brain has turned to mush the last couple of days.
Some editor made up the headline.
If the President attempted to take any power away from this inept Governor and the Mayor in need of a "Jones" then that's good news.
We need the events from Saturday through Thursday to come out.
Who said what and who did what. This is a start.
The Feds will come out on top, when the whole story is known.
Bush should have declared NO a federal military district and booted Nagin and the other buffoons out.
This article shows that Bush was in control and that Blanco would not seed authority to the Feds out of fear - and people died. Do they know this article exhonerates Bush?
Unfortunately, they often do.
It's not 100% clear what is going on. If you think about it, Bush sent in active duty troops today. That's is a federal assignment. It wasn't ordered by the state. In effect he has federalized it to a certain extent.
Yep, and Friday is when things started getting a lot better. This proves she is a total incompetant.
...I know what you mean though. I'm somewhat open to that, although he'd probably catch flack for that too.
You got it right on!
Check this out
You know I was thinking along these lines today and was hoping it would happen and Rudy would have a press conference and the first question would be "why did the feds screw up" and his answer would be they didn't the layor and state did by not following their plan!
sure sounds like the friday after
NO is obviously a case of when the constitution can be a suicide pact. It is obvious that the Feds were doing all they could to stay within their constitutional boundaries and defer to state and local governments BUT those governments are so criminally incompetent it has heaped one disaster on top of another.
Louisiana Democrats have orchestrated a humanitarian disaster by refusing to allow the Bush administration to provide adequate resources as needed. They then tried to blame Bush for their concocted disaster. These chickens will come home to roost.
At the very least the Mayor and Governor must be impeached. Theirs and the entire Democrat establishment deserve the disgust of the American people.
Excellent news from the White House. Bush knew, hell yes he knew. He never admitted the federal government was not reacting quickly enough, as the MSM has reported. He was talking about the locals
This article clearly states that Blanco refused Fed involvement but they were more concerned about power
BINGO Mo1, The proof is in the pudding
Nagin is a n incalcatrent piss-ant and Brown is working overtime...
Bush must have given those two idiots hell on Marine One...LOL
Email the White House and tell them what you think.
To be honest, I'm not a big fan of the trash talk about the Mayor or the Governor. I don't think they've done stellar work by any means. At a time like this though, it's best to pull together.
Yes the buses should have been utilized. That's behind us. We still need to focus on what needs to be done now.
There will come a time to eviscerate those who have failed La. I just don't think this is the day.
That's one of the major reasons why I find it so despicable to have the media go after Bush the way some of them are. There is nothing, absolutely nothing lower than a reporter.
They may do stellar work at times, but as a profession there simply isn't much redeeming qualities to it, and even those are overshadowed by exploitation journalism.
Some will point out mass murderers as being worse than reporters. Frankly folks, I'd like to remind you that reporters are often the largest single contributing factor behind public sympathy for the killers among us, and the muted sentences they get.
Nope, the MSM slithers on it's belly from one feast to the next.
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