Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Katrina

First and foremost, let's help. (The Red Cross' website might be overloaded at the moment, so use the telephonic 1-800-HELP-NOW).

This is bad. New Orleans isn't going to be New Orleans for a long time. Nor will other parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Last night, NOLA's mayor said the people in the Superdome may have to stay there a week more. This morning, they decided to start busing people to the Astrodome in Houston. Regardless, I would not want to be in charge of crowd control there. Those people are going to get a little bit cranky (hello understatement).

Second, they say, "While Rome burned, Nero fiddled."



They knew where Katrina was going on Sunday (if not before) and it's a category 5 by this time, it hits on Monday down to category 4 but with the storm surge of a 5, and things go from bad to worse on Tuesday.

On Sunday, he was at the estate in Crawford (it's not a ranch), handling things remotely. On Monday, he flew to Arizona, where he stepped off the plane to be met by John McCain, with a photo-op birthday cake for the Senator. Happy Birthday you tool! Then it was off to a speech on Medicare at the Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort & Country Club. Back on the plane for a hop to Rancho Cucamonga, CA for another chat about Medicare. On Tuesday, it's down to San Diego for a speech commemorating the victory over Japan. He mentions the hurricane for about a minute. Hey, I appreciate the vets and what they did for us and all, but that was 60 years ago. In New Orleans, levees are breaking and pumps are failing, spelling disaster for one of the country's oldest cities. The decision is made Tuesday morning to cut the month-long vacation short (by 2 whole days) go to back to DC... on Wednesday, after one more night in Crawford (there was this one tie with blue stripes that he really wanted to get). And when they leave for DC today, it's not until 10:40am. Let's not get going too early there, Nero... er, George.

Like it or not, we go thru these next 3 years with the president we've got, not the one we want (to paraphrase the Rumster). Fine, but could he at least appear to be leading and concerned about the people he purports to lead, the people who elected him? It takes him 3 days to get back to DC? Maddening, though what do we expect. It's not like there's a war on or anything, just a hurricane. And when will the big guy visit the area? Ohhh, Friday sounds good.

2 Comments:

At 8/31/2005 10:43:00 PM, Blogger Ennea said...

THREE more fucking years. It's overwhelming...

 
At 9/07/2005 08:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm printing out the pattern for my BUSHshit protectors right now just to protect me from his excuses about where he was during and after Katrina.

 

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