August 30, 2005. The damage to lives and property by Katrina keeps getting worse and worse as the news reports come in tonight. This storm and it's path has been in the news for at least five days now. Our president did offer a soundbite on the tarmac today in Arizona on his way to a fundraiser. Then to California for a photo op "Town Hall" meeting on Medicare, then to Coronodo Island for another GOP fundraiser.<br><br>Today was a day of national crisis. All over America people were focused on the unfolding tragedy. The lose of life, The impact to our economy. The billions of dollars in damage. And when I read the news and see our president not focused on the disaster, I think it's shameful. <br><br>Possibly hundreds of Americans died or are dying today because of Katrina, and Bush is out and about on Airforce One skipping across states raising money and charming his way through photo ops. I think he could have rescheduled, it would just seem more respectful. <br><br><br><br><br>To one participant, Margaret Cantrell, 82, Mr. Bush insisted that while her Social Security benefits might be secure, she needed to worry about the program's survival for future generations.<br><br>"Your great-grandkids need to worry about it," Mr. Bush said.<br><br>"I don't have any," Ms. Cantrell said.<br><br>"Well - you might," Mr. Bush replied.<br><br>link<br><br>
Bush is just sticking to what he knows he can do well. Leadership? Not his strong suit. But he's one hell of a fundraiser, and when it comes to barnstorming unpopular and fiscally unsound domestic policy... top notch!<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey
Can he ever wipe that smirky "sht-eating" grin off his face?<br><br>I notice it a lot and that's his "style" - but it is very disturbing when he talks about life and death matters... like he did in his 1st response to Cindy Sheehan...<br><br>Bush needs a new "Drama coach" !! <br><br>David (OFI)<br>
Agreed! ...That's why I refer to him as "the Smirking Chimp" <br><br>Even when he's giving speeches about troops dying, you can always<br>detect that smirk flitting across his face, as if it's all some big joke, <br>...and he's the only one that knows the Punch-Line.<br><br>Aside from a strong urge to punch him in the mouth (up to my elbow),<br><br>...I find my self hoping that this little JO doesn't play poker. <br>(...and if he does, ...that it's NOT with OUR Money!!!! )<br><br><br>[color:green]"...or am I a butterfly that's dreaming she's a woman?"</font color=green>
GHAAA! That damn George Bush! The *least* he could do is ride in to New Orleans on a Jet Ski or something . . . He just doesn't care . . . never has. Why, I remember last year, during those terrible Hurricanes, with all the suffering, Bush just sat on the White House deck, sipping fruity drinks, laughing . . . <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>And, he hasn't said a GODD@MN WORD about Hurricane Katrina . . . He just doesn't care!<br><br><blockquote>THE PRESIDENT: This morning I spoke with FEMA Undersecretary Mike Brown and emergency management teams not only at the federal level but at the state level about the -- Hurricane Katrina. I've also spoken to Governor Blanco of Louisiana, Governor Barbour of Mississippi, Governor Bush of Florida, and Governor Riley of Alabama. I want to thank all the folks at the federal level and the state level and the local level who have taken this storm seriously. I appreciate the efforts of the governors to prepare their citizenry for this upcoming storm.<br><br>Yesterday, I signed a disaster declaration for the state of Louisiana, and this morning I signed a disaster declaration for the state of Mississippi. These declarations will allow federal agencies to coordinate all disaster relief efforts with state and local officials. We will do everything in our power to help the people in the communities affected by this storm.<br><br>Hurricane Katrina is now designated a category five hurricane. We cannot stress enough the danger this hurricane poses to Gulf Coast communities. I urge all citizens to put their own safety and the safety of their families first by moving to safe ground. Please listen carefully to instructions provided by state and local officials.</blockquote><br><br>link<br><br><blockquote>As David said, we're praying for the folks that have been affected by this Hurricane Katrina. We're in constant contact with the local officials down there. The storm is moving through, and we're now able to assess damage, or beginning to assess damage. And I want the people to know in the affected areas that the federal government and the state government and the local governments will work side-by-side to do all we can to help get your lives back in order.<br><br>This was a terrible storm. It's a storm that hit with a lot of ferocity. It's a storm now that is moving through, and now it's the time for governments to help people get their feet on the ground.<br><br>For those of you who prayed for the folks in that area, I want to thank you for your prayers. For those of you who are concerned about whether or not we're prepared to help, don't be. We are. We're in place. We've got equipment in place, supplies in place. And once the -- once we're able to assess the damage, we'll be able to move in and help those good folks in the affected areas. (Applause.)</blockquote><br><br>link<br><br><br><br>* * * * * * * * * * * * * *<br>I [censored] bigger than you.<br>
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He was fundraising the day of the event. He was doing photo-ops the day of the event. Post all you want of his earlier photo ops in Florida, it doesn't change what happened 8/29/05.<br><br>Yesterday he was schmoozing with deep pocket in AZ. Last night he was schmoozing with deep pockets at Hotel Del. <br><br><br><br>Today, this is what I expected from him yesterday. Better late than...<br><br>"SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - President George W. Bush will return to Washington on Wednesday, two days ahead of schedule, to help oversee recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina, the White House announced."<br><br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>He was fundraising the day of the event. He was doing photo-ops the day of the event.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Ooohh yes, yes Gary, of course. Of course. Matter of fact, Bush worked it so those Hurricanes would strategically hit Florida in order to create said photo ops. I gotta hand it to you Gary, you're on it. <br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> Post all you want of his earlier photo ops in Florida, it doesn't change what happened 8/29/05.<p><hr></blockquote><p>What? What does that mean? Yesterday at this time Hurricane Francis was just finishing up hammering the Gulf Coast. The situation hasn't even stabilized in New Orleans yet. And what would you have preferred Bush do? Air drop in to downtown New Orleans and ride around the city on a Jet Ski? Ohh no, Gary. If Bush had done that, it would've been a "photo op." <br><br>Typically you, Gary. <br><br>Bush is doing what he should do at this moment: Let the leaders of the affected areas assess the damage. Meanwhile:<br><br><blockquote>Pres. Bush Returning to Washington Early<br>Tuesday, August 30, 2005<br><br>CORONADO, Calif. — President Bush will cut short his vacation to return to Washington on Wednesday to help monitor federal efforts to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina (search), the White House said Tuesday.<br><br>"We have got a lot of work to do," Bush said in his speech Tuesday, referring to the damage wrought by the hurricane along Gulf Coast areas.<br><br>The president had been scheduled to return to the nation's capital on Friday, after spending more than four weeks operating from his ranch in Central Texas. But the White House decided to move the president's return up to Wednesday.<br><br>Bush was here to deliver a speech commemorating the Allies' World War II victory over Japan and promoting his war-on-terror agenda. Later Tuesday, he was flying back to Texas, but spending only one night at his ranch.<br><br>"This morning, our hearts and prayers are with our fellow citizens along the Gulf Coast," Bush told Navy sailors and World War II veterans, the USS Ronald Reagan (search) aircraft carrier at his back. "We know that many are anxious to return to their homes. It's not possible at this moment."</blockquote><br><br>link<br><br>* * * * * * * * * * * * * *<br>I [censored] bigger than you.<br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> CORONADO, Calif. — President Bush will cut short his vacation to return to Washington<p><hr></blockquote><p>oooh coronado again. <br><br>dang media only wrote, "his vacation" when they really should have written, "his vacation from his vacation." <br><br>--<br>nobody has been held accountable for the poor (mis)intelligence on iraq or how it was used to justify a war in which people have died. nobody!
Why do you post exactly what I posted with todays news report? You're not reading, just jumping to conclusions? <br><br><br>"and what would you have preferred Bush do? "<br><br>Exactly what he announced today, returning to DC to take care of business. (That's why I posted the same news brief you didn't bother to read)...<br> He was Fundraising on the day of the disaster, and like I said in my first post, that didn't show a lot of respect for the people in crisis.<br><br><br><br>
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