Sep 02 2005

Bush Is A Joke

I am at a loss to overcome my sickened astonishment at the absolute and frankly comical ineptitude of our president as the city of New Orleans descends into mob rule. Fortunately, others have not been struck mute.

AMERICAblog: He’s going on a helicopter ride! What will this accomplish? "he will swoop down like duke leto atreides in dune and save a baby"

Paul Craig Roberts: "Chalk up the city of New Orleans as a cost of Bush’s Iraq war"

Tim Grieve at Salon: "They’re watching their city explode around them — they’re watching conditions get worse — and many of them are feeling, rightly or wrongly, that their government isn’t doing much to help them. President Bush speaks, but he doesn’t speak to or for people like them. He never has."

Digby: "Yet they completely cancelled the rescue operation because some bozo shot at a helicopter. And the national guard now refuses to escort patients who are being transferred from hospitals that have no power, food and water. Gosh I sure hope someone is guarding the oil ministry. "

Anderson Cooper [via Wonkette]: I wouldn’t say I’m angry, you know. I think I’m tired of hearing the politicians say that, you know, they understand the frustration of people down here. To me, you know, it’s not frustration. It’s not that people are frustrated. It’s that people are dying. I mean there are people dying. They’re drowning to death and they drown in their living rooms and their bodies are rotting where they drowned and there are corpses in the street being eaten by rats and this is the United States of America.

Ray Nagin [transcripted audio via

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at Pam’s House Blend] "I tell you, man, I keep hearing that it’s coming. This is coming, that is coming. And my answer to that today is BS! Where is the beef? Because there’s no beef in this city. There is no beef anywhere in southeast Louisiana, and these goddam ships that are coming, I don’t see’em! We have an incredible crisis here, and his flyin’ over in Air Force One does not do it justice."


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  1. sylvanite

    I’ve said this elsewhere, but I’ll say it again.

    I’m sick unto death of this callous and incompetant administration. This was a foreseen disaster. There’s no excuse for the incompetance of the federal response. It’s official – the US is now blessed with a Third World infrastructure. Hoo-ray.

  2. Summer

    Indeed, there is no excuse for this level of incompetence.

    I did hear Bush finally, FINALLY admit (on television this morning, before he left for his helicopter jaunt)–that the relief efforts already underway have not performed (and presumably are not performing) at an acceptable level.

    Not that his admission made me feel any better, and not that it helped any people in dire need, but…well, FINALLY, he said something true.

    And Anderson Cooper may not be angry, but I’m pert near angry enough for both of us.

  3. Persephone

    This is HOW out of touch Bush is:

    “We’ve got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we’re going to save lives and stabilize the situation. And then we’re going to help these communities rebuild. The good news is — and it’s hard for some to see it now — that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott’s house — he’s lost his entire house — there’s going to be a fantastic house. And I’m looking forward to sitting on the porch.”

    Yes. That’s right. Trent Lott lost his house. The heart bleeds.

    I think that we need to round up all of these assholes–and everyone who voted for them–and send them into New Orleans. A little street justice is starting to sound good to me.

  4. Persephone

    If you haven’t seen this already–this guy is IN New Orleans and has been blogging about what’s going on for days. Scroll down to read an absolutely sickening interview he conducted with a local DJ who is stuck at the Convention Center. These people are having GUNS drawn on them if they try to approach a bus or police or any other form of help. It is absolutely sickening:


  5. Sylvanite

    See, I’m so pissed I can’t get any work done. I can’t believe that he trotted out that Trent Lott lost “his whole house” as an attempt to show, what, that he sympathizes with peoples’ plight? I thought that politicians were supposed to have social skills! Christ, I miss Clinton. The man couldn’t keep it in his pants, but at least he was good at the social skills (no doubt why he had so many opportunities for hanky-panky, but I digress…)

    I’m a geologist (yeah, I worked at welfare a couple years, but am now out of that), and I gotta tell ya, EVERYONE has known for decades that New Orleans was in for a heap of trouble. The first Bush administration (god, I even miss him) and the Clinton administration were funding wetland restoration in the Gulf area, because, see, wetlands absorb storm surges. So what does the current administration do? Gut the financing for the project, and tell developers to have at it with the wetland destruction. Our current illustrious leaders also gutted the funding that the Army Corps of Engineers had for levee construction around NO. Ooh, I’m so angry! Twisty, ya gotta show more pictures of Bertie!

  6. Kate

    Making Light is another excellent source for info and commentary. Especially the comment sections…

  7. Finn

    I’m afraid Bertie is the only thing that could unset the gritting of my teeth.

    I sat and watched CNN coverage in a pub at lunch. I could barely eat (felt like drinking) my teeth were clenched so hard.

    Bush basically flipflopped once he landed.

    For the first few days of this ordeal, every comment he made ended with something to the effect of ‘the federal govt is doing its part, now the private sector will have to do its part.’ Then, after he landed and the cameras were rolling, we got the flipside as he vowed federal assistance for all.

    At some points, I actually felt sorry for the guy. He’s obviously not equipped for this.

    But, we already knew that, didn’t we?

  8. Miranda

    God, I really hoped the utter ineptitude in Iraq was just a localized phenomenon. Unfortunately, that was no statistical outlier, but the modus operandi of the cabinet of the federal government.

    Remember this, America, when you go vote next fall. These jackasses let a whole city fall into the sea and are willing to just let the poor drown. Is your area next?

  9. WookieMonster

    If Bush is a joke, it’s not a very funny one :(.

  10. Steph

    What made me even more queasy is the new reports of the city’s addicts creating more lawlessness, breaking into drug stores, hospitals or anywhere they thought they could get a fix.

    It’s amazing how this disaster has laid bare all the social problems in this country.

    What I am tired of is all the moralizing about those who are stuck in N.O. right now. There is a stunning lack of compassion for those deemed morally suspect (I’m thinking the drug addicts will not be garnering the nation’s sympathy).

  11. Wordlackey

    I was born and raised in NOLA although I’ve been a Massachusetts Yankee for most of my adult life. The basic insult from Bush in this sorry affair is the assumption that business as usual will continue. Resources will grudgingly be diverted to the area IF DEEMED NECESSARY. Instead of immediately recognizing this is a catastrophe of immense proportions, Buth continues his typical policy of offering the minimal acceptable help.

    It’s no surprise to me that most of the people you see in news footage of NO are black. The city populations is, I believe, 65% black or hispanic. Again, no surprise that the percentage of refugees in the news seems *much* higher than that since the poor were the ones least likely to have the means/resources to leave the city.

  12. Kate (Australia)

    God, I’m so sorry for the poor people stuck in that hellish situation. And I can’t believe what a fuck up the government has made of the relief operation.

  13. Becker

    On a local Fox station fundraiser (Fox!) Charles Jaco ended the program saying “The Federal government has failed its people miserably, so it’s up to us to help.”


  14. rose

    The GodEmperor has suddenly discovered that there is an emergency. His Administration looks bad, emergency measures have begun to rewrite history.

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