Skip to comments.Mr. Bush's Storm [“ ...president deserves blame”]
Posted on 09/08/2005 3:35:37 AM PDT by johnny7
PRESIDENT BUSH'S response to Hurricane Katrina has been, to put it kindly, faltering. He has fallen short both rhetorically and substantively. The rhetorical failure is less important but perhaps more surprising for a politician with his strong communications skills. One of the highlights of Mr. Bush's presidency, and one of the keys to his reelection, was his ability to rally a country stunned by the Sept. 11 attacks -- perhaps most vividly in his visit to the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center. President Bill Clinton rose to an earlier challenge after the Oklahoma City bombing, using the bully pulpit of the presidency to reassure and console the nation.
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I hate these lying bast*rds.
But ... but ... but I thought he was a moron who couldn't put two words together without becoming confused?!
Gee, wonder why?
Clinton's FEMA Director was criticized by Jesse Jackson during Hurricane Floyd because ONE MONTH after the hurricane there were still people who had not been helped and were homeless.
The Bush administration spent slightly more than Clinton on levee/flood control for New Orleans.
Funny. I've never considered the President's rhetorical skills as a strength. It is his lack of those skills that makes me trust him more. Smooth talkers like Clinton have proven that excellent oratory and presentation is not a substitute for competency.
I take more comfort from the President's penchant for meticulous planning, personnel choices, and management style than in whether or not he gets a good grade in speech class.
Boy, this editorial stinks worse than the toxic water in New Orleans.
The more I watch and sift through some of this stuff, the more supportive of the President I become over this. Gov. Blanco is the giant ITS-ALL-ABOUT-ME maniac in this story whose criminal negligence caused suffering, hunger, conflict, and even caused people to lose their lives. This'll all come out in the wash.
So funny...isn't this the guy they're constantly criticizing for his speaking ability and his word usage.
They forgot to mention how Clinton used OKC like the Reichstag Fire to try to trash his political opponents.
The Washington ComPost.
Let us count the ways:
1. Monday. Robert Kennedy starts the salvos with his commentary that President Bush is responsible for Katrina because he caused global warming to occur.
2. Tuesday through Thursday. President Bush is responsible for packing people in the Superdome without food.
President Bush refused to allocate money for levee maintenance.
President Bush is responsible to only building levees to withstand a catagory 3 hurricane, not 4 or 5.
3. Friday. President Bush is responsible for not getting FEMA into the devastated areas, not providing supplies, not stopping the rapes, looting and mayhem. ~Not evacuating people, not restoring services fast enough...ad infinitum...
4. Yesterday. President Bush is racist. In fact, America is still in the slavery mentality because the people in NO are 70% black and poor. America has a great divide. Whites are racist. The poor haven't been helped under Bush.
And with all that.....the best the media and the democrats can do is keep that 13% on DU believing President Bush is really an ogre in diguise.
And they wonder why their paper's circulation continues to decline. Losers.
ping for later reading........
This is today's editorial?
Didn't the NY Times say this about a week ago?
Haven't events and new facts made this line of criticism obsolete?
A compromised press... engaged in censorship, distortion & lies, that exists solely for the benefit of one political party ... does not constitute a free press.
The time is coming...
Historians in the future are going to look back and marvel at how Bush was able to survive against such a hostile media.
I ask the question below on one of the biggest blogs yesterday and have failed to get any answers.
Can someone give me 3 things that FEMA failed to do. Example: Did they failed to get security into New Orleans after the flood. Any reasons or facts will do, I would like to know them.
How can these people expect to be taken seriously when they fully ignore the facts, time after time after time? Is there nothing in the world that the Democrats don't immediately seek to twist for political gain?
Toxic editorial alert!!! The lefties have to put more sewage in the media stream because ONLY THIRTEEN PER CENT of those polled blame the President for the disaster. They will have to redouble their poisonous purple prose. Though it's doubtful they can juice up the Bush-bashing rhetoric much more than that of last week, they obviously must try.
Exactly! My wife and I are on the same page most of the time, but we had cousins up over the weekend. They're liberals and tried to bash GWB over his handling. I was able to shut them down and enjoyed the visit. After they left my wife started saying she wished GWB would have been shown expressing more emotion. WRONG!!! Clintoon has the market cornered on the quivering lip. I don't want a president that plays to the cameras. I want a president that says what he's all about and does what he says he will. He may not be the most polished in his performance, but then he's not performing is he? He's serving the people like he promised he would...
The more recent ruling in the Jesse Trentadue jail death
by a judge may lift some of the cloud off the FBI in the Oklahoma City bombing. Trentadue died while in jail being questioned by the FBI. His brother was not happy about the death nor did he believe the circumstances. The FBI sent
ordered documents to the court and the judge sent them back. He told the FBI to give him unredacted documents as he could not read the blackened out pages. He ordered them to provide the documents. Will they? What are they hiding?
The lingering questions about the federal authorities
may take some time to answer but the truth will come out eventually.
The finger pointing blame game continues.
Mistakes were made. The politics of "public works" projects were in play.
Too much, too little, too late................
At the end of the day, this whole thing is going to cost US Hundreds of Billions of dollars.
This is exactly what is going on. They tested their effectiveness and found themselves wanting, so they must redouble their efforts to shape public opinion in the direction they want it to go.
Do these people expect FEMA to wave a magic wand and make it go away? If someone's got that magic wand, they need to wave it and make Gov. Blanco go away.
I could have said simpler the failures all wind up at Gov. Blanco's feet because of her intransigence and her insistence that she was the one in control and calling the shots. So she didn't let the Red Cross in to bring relief to the SuperDome for example. It just isn't really about FEMA per se. It is about what do you do when a sitting Governor endangers the lives of American citizens during a disaster, catastrophe, insurrection, terrorist attack, or act of war.
Closer scrutiny reveals the lies surrounding Katrina evacuation and recovery
By Linda Prussen-Razzano
web posted September 5, 2005
Having lived on Long Island for most of my life, I weathered only the most minor effects of hurricanes. Typically, their devastating strength drained along the coastline as they churned northwards. When I was a child, my father comforted me through Hurricane Belle; not by holding me and telling me everything would be alright, but by his activity in securing our house, his purchase of supplies and preparations, and his explanations of hurricanes and their threats.
While the storm whipped overhead, my piqued curiosity prompted me to ask about all different kinds of natural disasters. We passed the time discussing typhoons, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods. I never thought I would use this information, but I did; twice.
At 19, my passenger and I found ourselves caught in the only flash flood in the history of Long Island. What started as a heavy rain became an overwhelming downpour within minutes. Not unlike the City of New Orleans, the patch of road on which I traveled was nestled in a natural funnel. In the space of minutes, we experienced more rain in that small bit of road alongside Eisenhower Park than all of Long Island had received in a year. With traffic surrounding me, I had not choice but to inch forward to the overpass that would take me to higher ground. Just moments before my car cleared the water now pouring in under my doors, the engine stalled, and my Monte Carlo sank back down the embankment, eventually to be completely submerged.
We had to wait until the water rose inside the car and the pressure stabilized before we could get out.
The gas pumps at the corner station began bubbling up, turning the water so black you couldnt see your hand just two inches under the surface. An elderly man, trapped in his car, didnt want to leave. Plodding through chest deep water, my passenger and I managed to get his door open and help him slog back to safety.
Everyone caught in that mess experienced a loss, but it is nothing compared to Katrina.
The second time I used my fathers sage advice came when I moved to Texas. In the bottom tip of the tornado belt, I knew what to do when the sky turned an ominous shade of green, the clouds started rotating above my head, and where to seek shelter to maximize my potential for living. It was in those few moments, when the doors and windows rattled and I imagined that my new house would be reduced to kindling around me, that all my priorities changed forever.
The folks in Louisiana and Mississippi experienced wide scale devastation during Katrina. New Orleans, and other parts of the coast, experienced a second, even more devastating blow from the horrible flooding. One is bad enough, but both? Its a catastrophe beyond comprehension, and our fellow Americans need our compassion, our generosity, and our understanding as they rebuild their entire lives.
We should be coming together, as we did after other catastrophic events in the last decade, to help and heal.
Sadly, that is not the case.
What I find astonishing is the almost immediate response from Bush Bashers to blame everything that happened, from the actual hurricane itself, to the anarchy that quickly erupted, on the President and his administration. When they do so, they not only distort the truth, they outright lie to the public, and they are doing so daily through any media venue that will give them the opportunity.
Lie #1: President Bush doesnt care about the people of New Orleans.
This outrageous lie is thoroughly debunked by the fact that it was President Bush who pushed for a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans.(1) Governor Blanco issued only a voluntary evacuation order, but admitted that she received a call from the President on August 27, 2005, urging her to make it a mandatory one. He wanted as many people as possible out of the path of the storm.
So much for the President not caring.
Despite the fact that New Orleans own Emergency Response Guidelines call for a mandatory evacuation of the City if a strike by a Category 3 Hurricane is projected, with 72 hours advance notice to all residents, Mayor Nagin didnt order a mandatory evaluation until Sunday. Further, he only did so after Max Maxfield, the National Hurricane Director, called Nagin at his home to plead that he empty the City. (2)
Why did Nagin wait so long? He was worried about the legalities. If people want to affix blame, perhaps they can look at lawyers.
How ironic, that The Drudge Report (3) and Free Republic (4) have pictures of dozens of New Orleans submerged and now useless school buses, buses that could have been used to transport residents out of the City prior to the storm, bring in supplies after the storm, and help evacuees escape the flooding. Meanwhile, Governor Blanco issued a request to the State of Louisiana to provide her with buses from local school districts.
According to a Washington Post report on Sunday, September 4, 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.
Bushs offer to have the federal government aid in the evacuation was rejected. (5)
Lie #2: The Bush Administration was slow in coordinating help.
Mike Brown, Under Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for Emergency Response and Preparedness, received the order from President Bush on August 27, two full days before the storm hit the region, to prepare for Katrina disaster relief. (6) The President also declared the entire region under a State of Emergency, so that FEMA could coordinate efforts at the request of the Governors. (7) Under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, the Federal Government and FEMA are not allowed to interfere with local operations unless they are authorized by state and local leaders.
Blanco did not authorize this until September 1, 2005.
Further, according to an Association Press report on August 30, The federal government began rushing baby formula, communications equipment, generators, water and ice into hard-hit areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, along with doctors, nurses and first-aid supplies. The U.S. Defense Department sent experts to help with search-and-rescue operations. (8) FEMA was there and helping, in the capacity that was allowed by local officials, but could not swing into full gear until after Blanco gave them permission.
Lie #3: The Bush Administration did nothing to control the anarchy.
The local and state governments have control over law enforcement activities in their state, and such activities could only be coordinated through the federal government with their permission. It was not until terrible reports of rapes and violence, videos of looting, and reports of shoots being fired at rescue workers did Governor Blanco relinquish any claim of control on an out-of-control city.
An August 31, 2005 Fox News Report reveals, The looting prompted authorities to send more than 70 additional officers and an armed personnel carrier into the city. One police officer was shot in the head by a looter but was expected to recover, authorities said. Blanco said she will ask President Bush for military troops to help keep looting under control. (9) Almost immediately thereafter, FEMA, the military, and the Bush Administration began to restore order.
Further, on September 2, 2005, the Bush administration sought unified control over all local police and state National Guard units reporting to the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request after talks throughout the night, concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. (10)
Lie #4: The Bush Administration did nothing to prevent the flooding.
Predictions of wide spread devastation have been known since Hurricane Camille in 1969. Despite these, it was local officials who reportedly appropriated funds designated for levee improvements towards such necessary purchases as a casino, hotel, and other projects.
Amazing, isnt it?
From the carnage inside the Superdome, to the massacre of the truth on television, this is a sad time for all of America.
Just dont forget who helped all this to happen .because despite what the media wants you to believe, it wasnt President Bush.
Linda Prussen-Razzano is frequent contributor to Enter Stage Right and a number of other online magazines.
1. Associated Press, Mandatory Evacuation Ordered for New Orleans, August 28, 2005, 10:48 a.m. CT.
2. Knight Ridder Newspapers, National Hurricane Director had to call Nagin at home Saturday night to plead: "Get people out..." by Marc Caputo, David Ovalle, and Erika Bolstad, August 28, 2005
5. Washington Post, Many Evacuated, but Thousands Still Waiting, White House Shifts Blame to State and Local Officials, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Spencer Hsu, Washington Post Staff Writers, Sunday, September 4, 2005; Page A01
6. FEMA Press Release, Emergency Aid Authorized For Katrina Emergency Response In LA August 27, 2005
7. Associated Press, Bush Declares Emergency in Louisiana, August 27, 2005
8. Associated Press, Federal Government sent emergency supplies to Louisiana as early as Tuesday, August 30, 2005
9. Fox News.com, Its Not Safe In New Orleans, August 31, 2005
10. Washington Post, Ibid
But not the Washington Post. No sir.
Gov. Kathleen Blanco's Bureaucrats Blocked Food and Water
The Red Cross was reportedly ready to deliver food, water and other supplies to flood-ravaged refugees who were sweltering inside New Orleans' Superdome last week - but the relief was blocked by bureaucrats who worked for Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.
Fox New Channel's Major Garrett reported Wednesday that the Red Cross had "trucks with water, food, hygiene equipment, all sorts of things ready to go . . . to the Superdome and Convention Center."
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But the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security, Garrett said, "told them they could not go."
"The Red Cross tells me that state agency in Louisiana said, 'Look, we do not want to create a magnet for more people to come to the Superdome or Convention Center, we want to get them out,'" he explained.
"So at the same time local officials were screaming where is the food, where is the water? The Red Cross was standing by ready [and] the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security said you can't go."
New Orleans And Louisiana Blocking Aid To Refugees In City
Hugh Hewitt had Fox News reporter Major Garrett on his show tonight (transcript at Radioblogger) to explain his breaking story that Governor Kathleen Blanco and Mayor Ray Nagin have blocked aid from reaching the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that buried New Orleans. Blanco and Nagin apparently did not want to encourage people to stay in New Orleans, even though neither one did anything to assist them to leave during the mandatory evacuation:
HH: You just broke a pretty big story. I was watching up on the corner television in my studio, and it's headlined that the Red Cross was blocked from delivering supplies to the Superdome, Major Garrett. Tell us what you found out.
MG: Well, the Red Cross, Hugh, had pre-positioned a literal vanguard of trucks with water, food, blankets and hygiene items. They're not really big into medical response items, but those are the three biggies that we saw people at the New Orleans Superdom, and the convention center, needing most accutely. And all of us in America, I think, reasonably asked ourselves, geez. You know, I watch hurricanes all the time. And I see correspondents standing among rubble and refugees and evacuaees. But I always either see that Red Cross or Salvation Army truck nearby. Why don't I see that?
HH: And the answer is?
MG: The answer is the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security, that is the state agency responsible for that state's homeland security, told the Red Cross explicitly, you cannot come.
HH: Now Major Garrett, on what day did they block the delivery? Do you know specifically?
MG: I am told by the Red Cross, immediately after the storm passed.
HH: Okay, so that would be on Monday afternoon.
MG: That would have been Monday or Tuesday. The exact time, the hour, I don't have. But clearly, they had an evacuee situation at the Superdome, and of course, people gravitated to the convention center on an ad hoc basis. They sort of invented that as another place to go, because they couldn't stand the conditions at the Superdome. ...
HH: I also have to conclude from what you're telling me, Major Garrett, is that had they been allowed to deliver when they wanted to deliver, which is at least a little bit prior to the levee, or at least prior to the waters rising, the supplies would have been pre-positioned, and the relief...you know, the people in the Superdome, and possibly at the convention center, I want to come back to that, would have been spared the worst of their misery.
MG: They would have been spared the lack of food, water and hygiene. I don't think there's any doubt that they would not have been spared the indignity of having nor workable bathrooms in short order.
The Red Cross confirms this on their own web site. Their FAQ makes clear that they will not move forward with their assistance without approval from the authorities in charge. Note, too, that the Red Cross recognizes that the people in charge of the New Orleans disaster area are state and local officials, not the feds (emphases mine):
Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?
* Acess [sic] to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.
* The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city. ...
* The Red Cross shares the nations anguish over the worsening situation inside the city. We will continue to work under the direction of the military, state and local authorities and to focus all our efforts on our lifesaving mission of feeding and sheltering.
* The Red Cross does not conduct search and rescue operations. We are an organization of civilian volunteers and cannot get relief aid into any location until the local authorities say it is safe and provide us with security and access.
It's worth noting that the Red Cross agrees with the decision to make the Superdome available to those residents seeking refuge from the storm, an endorsement of Nagin's decision to open the arena. However, to open the Dome and then refuse to allow the Red Cross to stock it with the supplies necessary to keep the people inside healthy makes no sense whatsoever.
It's also worth noting that the Red Cross gets more access to the detainees at Guantanamo Bay than the people still stuck inside New Orleans.
Once again, we have more evidence that the problems in getting relief to Louisianans stuck inside the New Orleans basin directly relate to decisions made at the state and local level, not federal -- and that the people in charge of the overall effort have been and continue to be Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco. The meme blaming Bush for Hurricane Katrina continues to fall apart, even without wide coverage of the facts by the Exempt Media.
UPDATE: Video at Ian Schwartz's blog.
UPDATE II: Let's see if we can't paint the picture for Rev. Bobby K in the comments. FEMA positioned their assets in the area prior to the storm hitting, but not inside the impact zone, as that would have rendered them useless afterwards. A major component of that comes from the Red Cross. The Red Cross expected that either the local authorities would get the last of its citizens out of New Orleans or allow them to set up their relief provisions inside the city. To this day, the city and state have done neither, nor have they allowed the federal government to take control of the relief effort to make these decisions themselves. That means that the Red Cross personnel (and the relief provisions that FEMA helped them stage) have no way to reach those in the city anywhere, including the Superdome, the Convention Center, or any of the other shelters in New Orleans. Until Nagin and Blanco allow them to go to the victims or act to bring the victims out to them, the residents will not see any relief supplies except that dropped to them by air, a dicey proposition at best when facing toxic flood waters.
That Gallup of only 13% disapproval of Pres Bush's actions on Katrina must have wet some pants and they give us this. lol Idiots.
President Bill Clinton rose to an earlier challenge after the Oklahoma City bombing, using the bully pulpit of the presidency to reassure and console the nation.
And where was Bubba after the first WTC bombing?
I lived in OK at the time of the OKC bombing (April 19, 1995) and I thought Bubba's trip to OKC was pure theatre and calculated damage control of the implications the event could have on the '96 presidential election.
Really 60 years of Democrat control of New Orleans? Could you prove it?
Everyone click the link in 36 and read the blog
I drive liberal friends crazy when I call President Bush, "Moses." I make clear the point that the message is more important than the delivery. (It also may be that on occasion I have pointed out that Moses was chosen by God to lead his people.)
Per Junkyard Blog:
BLANCO: LET THEM EAT CAKE
So the Queen of Denial, Obstruction and Delay, Kathleen "Antoinette" Blanco, made multiple decisions to deny the Refugees of New Orleans the security, food and water they needed.
Video link above. More from Major Garrett here.
I think at least one of Gov Blanco's decisions was made right about the time that "cannibalism" was being reported in the Huffington Post. Remember, she would actually believe what she reads in the Huffington Post. I'm sure Arianna will be concerned about this report now and call for her impeachment, just as Bryan, and now I have.
President Bush failed now in one way. He failed to ascertain that he was dealing with a governor who was a clear and present danger to the people of Louisiana. That's a tough nut to crack in a crisis, so I don't blame him. Taking military control over Louisiana to save Blanco's subjects from her sociopathic leadership style would have been helpful to some individuals for sure, but the problem is that such a move may have done more serious long-term damage than the Democrats have already done to the United States in this crisis. Can you say "military dictator?" Can you say "ethnic cleansing?" Oh yeah. Those charges would have come right from Hillary herself. Hmm...now that I think about it, maybe there was a political method to Blanco's madness.
So for the record, the JYB is 100% unified on the Blanco impeachment call on behalf of the remaining citizens of Louisiana. We've been discussing her role for several days and now I firmly believe she's the rosetta stone for decoding the post-hurricane NOLA Nightmare. And we still don't even know the half of it. I want to see all her communications with her lawyers, political advisors, Sen. Mary Landrieu, James Lee Witt (Hillary?), et al.
Her ethically-challenged Homeland Security Office should have been on top of the New Orleans Evac Plan too. Did Mayor Nagin have state emergency preparedness experts telling him they loved his bus-free DVD plan? Probably so.
Mr. Bush? Who do they mean Neil? Marvin?
my Mother in law is a prototypical AARP selfish senior who is a liberal dembot.
Over the weekend I also shut her down by pointing out all of the incompetence demonstrated on a local level, including showing the photos of Nagin Bus Co. fleet under water. I then asked her what would have happened if the Preseident was to upsurp Nagin and Blancos authority pre storm to get it together?
Game set match
Someone needs to tell this bonehead that just because the Washington Post says it, don't make it so. Not any more.
To: Washington Post Editor, Sir:
As you point that index finger at our President, three of your other fingers are pointing in the right direction.
I heard on Fox and Friends that the nursing home employees evacuated because they were told that rescuers were coming in to get the residents out. Err Amerika is spinning it as Bush's fault for promising help that never came - Bush lied people died. Same broken record from those oxygen wasters.
Good gad. Now it's the federal government's job to evac everyone in an immenent disaster zone?
Question for the libs: Then what the HECK are our state and local taxes going for, you nincompoops? It's a state and local responsibility. So where the heck were they?!
Same for 100 found in a warehouse - workers were told evacuation was coming - it didn't.
Err Amerika is spinning it as Bush's fault for promising help that never came - Bush lied people died. Same broken record from those oxygen wasters.
Alot of people believe their lies. What amazes me is the politicians who fan the flames.