Bush on Katrina: In His Own Words, He Shows He Is As Clueless As He Is Feckless and Unequipped to Lead

Until recently, the only area where President Bush’s team exhitbited anything like competence was in message control. In the two weeks since Katrina washed ashore, they have made misstep after misstep. Here are a few quotes from the president in which he unwittingly revealed that he is clueless, out of touch and completely unmotivated to become engaged:

After flying over the disaster in Air Force One:

“It’s totally wiped out. … It’s devastating, it’s got to be doubly devastating on the ground.”

To Republican newsreader Diane Sawyer on ABC – who did not follow up on this obviously incorrect assertion:

“I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.”

Today, two weeks later, when asked to explain why he said no one anticipated the levees breaking, President Bush – who has all the information resources of the U.S. government at his fingertips – blames the media for misinforming him:

” What I was referring to is this: When that storm came by, a lot of people said we dodged a bullet. When that storm came through at first, people said, Whew. There was a sense of relaxation. And that’s what I was referring to. And I myself thought we had dodged a bullet. You know why? Because I was listening to people probably over the airwaves say, The bullet has been dodged. And that was what I was referring to.”

Of course, there were plans in case the levee had been breached. There was a sense of relaxation at a critical moment.

Visiting Mississippi, with Sen. Trent Lott – who lost his second home in the storm and who loathes Mr. Bush – standing beside him:

“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.”

To his inept, patronage-appointed FEMA Director Michael Brown:

“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

To House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after she suggested he fire FEMA director Brown because of his bungling in New Orleans:

“What didn’t go right?”

10 thoughts on “Bush on Katrina: In His Own Words, He Shows He Is As Clueless As He Is Feckless and Unequipped to Lead”

  1. One can only hope these and other comments made by Mr. Bush and others in his party are remembered beyond the usual two-week memory hole helped along by the next made-for-media crisis. We simply MUST do more than just wring our hands and complain. We MUST act to vote these people out of office before they destroy America from within.

    We need to be writing our elected representatives in Washington urging them to do whatever necessary to ensure a transparent vote count in the 2006 and 2008 elections or all our handwringing and complaining will have been for naught.

    Remember, it’s who COUNTS our votes that count!

  2. Asking Bush to admit a mistake is like asking a rock to flow wine. Besides, it was one incompetent defending another incompetent, another of a long list of “loyalists” without any skills who Bush has rewarded with government jobs and contracts…Bush makes Mugabe and Capone look like choir boys.

  3. THE U.S. is a sick country! George W. Bush is obviously a traitor of the U.S. He has lied and contributed to the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Yet this monster continuEs on unabated allowed to go on. We are a corrupt nation run by OUTLAWS !

  4. Reconstruction of the Gulf Coast will mean even larger federal deficits. We are heading for a financial crisis in our beloved country! How long can we continue borrowing a billion dollars a day? Much of this money comes from China–which now holds nearly one TRILLION!

  5. Bush also said,”I’ll investigate this WITHIN MY administration”.
    Which of course means, “I’ll get this covered up as quicksly as possible, cause I’m not accountable for mess, regardless of what it is.”

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