Bullets Dodged: On NPR’s “All Things Considered” last night, George Bush was allowed to babble to reporters who had the presence of mind to tape record the blatherings of an idiot. He was in New Orleans on his third visit since Katrina hit town.
In response to a question about the government’s response:
I know there’s been a lot of second-guessing. I can assure you, what I’m interested in is solving problems. And there will be time to step back and take a sober look at what went right and what didn’t go right …. It’s important for people in this country to understand we all want to learn lessons.
Regarding his idiotic statement that no one told him the levees were in danger of breaching:
What I was referring to was this: Uh, when that storm came by, a lot people said we had 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 dodged a bullet. You know why? I was listening to people — probably over the airwaves — who said the bullet had been dodged. And that is what I was referring to. Of course there was a plan in case the levees broke ….
On whether he was even aware of the storm:
I knew a big storm was coming on Monday, so I spoke to the country on Monday morning, and I said there’s a big storm coming. I pre-signed emergency declarations in anticipation of a big storm coming. Which is, by the way, extraordinary. In most emergencies, the president signs after the storm has hit. It’s a rare occasion for the president to anticipate the severity of the storm and sign documentation prior to the storm hitting. So we anticipated a serious storm coming. So what the man’s question implied, there was a moment where everybody said we dodged a bullet, but the bullet had not been dodged.
The White House later clarified that the Moron-In-Chief had addressed the nation on Sunday morning, not Monday. It is unclear where the president will be dodging bullets today.