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:
To Republican newsreader Diane Sawyer on ABC – who did not follow up on this obviously incorrect assertion:
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:
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:
To his inept, patronage-appointed FEMA Director Michael Brown:
To House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after she suggested he fire FEMA director Brown because of his bungling in New Orleans: