Skip to comments.Brazile: Bush kept word on Katrina
Posted on 04/25/2013 8:18:32 AM PDT by Raebie
(CNN) -- Despite the many differences I had with former President George W. Bush on a range of public policy issues, or as he called them, "decision points," I found common ground with him in one area, simply because we decided to put aside partisanship and do something good.
Hurricane Katrina's devastation and the bungled rescue efforts are seared in the national memory. Bush's "heckuva job" remark turned into a byword for government incompetence and public distrust. The shallowness of it coming at such a terrible and low point left deep wounds that are still healing. That was what it was.
But rather than rehash all that went wrong, I want to share what I believe to have been President Bush's determination to follow up on commitments, and the intense, personal, dedicated efforts he made to revive and restore people's futures. I know what I'm talking about.
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But she had no problem bashing him at the time it happened.
Where is her rant against Obie for Sandy? Spike Lee?
My reply to donna. “Great job brownie.”
Hind sight: 20/20, more to follow!
If she had the integrity to express outrage over Gosnell, I might start giving her credibility. I might miss the mark here, but the black community is seething over this amnesty bill and some of the leaders are letting the Congressional Black Caucus know about it. By praising President Bush, Brazile is doing a back door criticism of Obama, and it is a way to let him know that there is more coming if he insists on pushing this nonsense.
What I hate about Bush-bashers is they don’t understand him.
Texans who ‘grew up’ with him know when he’s being sarcastic, and when he’s ferociously angry.
I wish the worst possible fate for Kanye West.
Most of the real problems were caused by Nagin and Blanco. But of course neither will ever get their deserved credit for their shortcomings in the Katrina debacle.
She likely wrote this now because the left needs to use Bush to push some agenda item or other. Like when the left says nice things about Reagan its usually to twist some statistic in their favor or bash conservatives.
There's no good in a democrat hack.
Such as a continued relationship with Kim Kardashian and her family?
Look what it did for Lamar Odom! That is one wussified brotha.
...she was at the lead bashing W after three days (Katrina)....but was silent while Odungo waited 42 days to respond to the BP blow out. “Make it Hurt” goes back a long ways with Odungo, about 21 vacations ago.
Since the establishment wants to run Jeb, it will now be necessary to rehabilitate George.
Watch for it.
I don’t think most people understand the proper role of FEMA.
It is not their job to run the rescue. That belongs to the state and local authorities. Their job is just to coordinate access to federal assets. FEMA people were pre-deployed just outside the storm area and were on the ground right away. Navy and Coast Guard units rode out the storm just offshore and were there before the wind stopped blowing.
In other words, the feds did their job. It was the state and city folks who imploded and ultimately forced Bush to federalize it. Once federalized, it went as it ought to.
It should be noted that neighboring states offered National Guard units to Louisiana, though these were refused and Louisiana’s own National Guard units were also refused permission to enter the storm zone. Neighboring states were just as hard hit as Louisiana but did not suffer the sheer incompetence that we saw in New Orleans.
Why do I think this is simply intended to aid the next staged show piece election where Jeb Bush runs against Hillary Clinton and we get Clintonistas Revisited in 2016?
Ironically the RATS and the MSN are actually having to start buttressing up the Bushes (instead of bashing them constantly)to put that piece of election entertainment in place.
When RAT insiders start saying something nice about REPUBs you have to ask how it is they are planning to use them.
I’ve never had any love for Donna Brazile, but I’ll give her credit for this one, even if it is several years after the fact. Yes, she was right out there with the rest of the Dems bashing Bush at the time, but at least she’s now acknowledging that he did a lot more for the people impacted by Katrina then most people give him credit for doing. I doubt if any other Democrat will be willing to concede this point, even at this late date.
[[Bush’s “heckuva job” remark turned into a byword for government incompetence and public distrust]]
Ah yes, but our current dear leader’s MANY blunders, many ANTI_AMERICAN crap, and flat out lies are compeltely ignored- Bush was a classy president current leader is NOT
It’s be nice to W day. Tomorrow they’ll make him their satan again.
Exactly correct, I am not a big fan of George Bush, but he was utterly blameless for the mess in N.O.
New Orleans is un-fixable. The only way Bush could have really helped would have been to take over the city with the National Guard/military-clean it out-and start bulldozing everything that flooded. Anything else would have been-and has been- a waste of time and resources.
The local politicians only cared that they not lose any power. Now they’re putting makeup on a corpse. ALL of the pipes underground are broken and leaking, the levees are seeping at the lakefront and here comes hurricane season.
But damned if they’re not ‘festing’every week and luring people into crime ridden streets!Dancing on the Titanic...
You have the situation exactly right. The smearing of Bush over Katrina (and “Brownie” too), is a powerful testament to the media’s ability to rewrite history and ruin reputations. FEMA was doing it’s job. But then the Democrats decided to change FEMA’s job in mid flood.
Calvin Coolidge kinda did the opposite.
Calvin Coolidge and the Moral Case for Economy
The Hurricane Katrina of the Coolidge years, the great Mississippi River flood of 1927, wiped out many areas of the South. Yet Coolidge pointedly chose not to visit the devastated areassending Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover in his placeout of concern that a presidential visit might encourage the idea of federal spending on disaster relief, for which there were already advocates in Congress. This triggered resentment, which Senator Thaddeus Caraway of Arkansas expressed in personal terms: I venture to say that if a similar disaster had affected New England the President would have had no hesitation in calling an extra session. Unfortunately he was unable to visualize the situation. But soon thereafter floods tore across Vermont, the state where Coolidge had spent his childhood, and calls for him to visit grew loudto no avail. He cant do for his own, you see, more than he did for the others, as one Vermonter explained. Vermont, like Arkansas, would have to recover without federal intervention.
from “Big Yellow Taxi”
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
Brazile is liberal and partisan but every once in a while, she surprises you with her opinions.
Correct. So now, at this late date, I have to say to her, "What difference, at this time, does it make?!?"
Have always who those complaining idiots thought were flying the helicopters that were rescueing people...silly me!
We’ll see the same thing happen down the road that we saw when Reagan passed.
The same Democrats that said nasty things about Reagan when he was President, praised him and whined about how Reagan wouldn’t be accepted in today’s Republican Party...yadda yadda yadda....The exact same thing will happen with Bush, I guarantee it.
Did I miss something...has hell frozen over?
The Democrats knew Bush was right, but they couldn’t pass up an opportunity to proclaim to the low-information voters that “Bush Hates Black People”.
Sorry, not buying it. A vicious, hateful racist and sexist tries to make nice without any apologies (known to me, anyway) for her years of outspoken hatred?
Nice words, but from someone who made herself dead to me.
she must be unemployed.
Staffers are forever. They go whereever the paycheck takes them.
I’ve read some very nice, admiring comments she made about Justice Clarence Thomas in the past too! Every once in awhile, she’s the “blind squirrel that finds a nut”!
Meanwhile, people are still waiting for recovery from Sandy, a much less powerful storm. And nobody has said a bad thing about Obama, who promised the world and got away with it, while offering little help.
Exposed as a gay lipsync artist who perishes from embarrassment not long after exposure?
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