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
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."