Sunday, February 12, 2006

I Guess Pretending to Fiddle Would Have Been Hard Work

Shamelessly cut-and-pasted from Daily Kos, because the author said I could:

The President KNEW....... (a photo-op summary)...AND MORE.

Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 02:12:23 AM PST

(Why is this not front-page news at DKos?)

The President KNEW...
Katrina was coming.





The President KNEW...
that Brownie had phoned...

...on the day that the levees had breached to tell him that New Orleans was sinking...

The President KNEW...
...that day.

The President KNEW...
...that day.





The President KNEW...
...that day.

The President KNEW...
...that day.

The President KNEW...
...the following day, too.



The President's wife KNEW...
...the following day, too.




The President KNEW...
...the following day, too.

The President KNEW...
...but pretended that he didn't.


The President KNEW...




LIAR!







"I don't think anyone could have anticipated the breach of the levees."

- President Bush - September 1, 2005
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"We didn't know about this in the White House."

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"When that storm came through at first,people said, "Phew!" There was a sense of relaxation at a critical moment."

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"We view this storm as a 'temporary' disruption."

- President Bush - Aug & Sept, 2005


LISTEN TO THIS BUSH COMPILATION ABOUT KATRINA

(600kb, approx. 3 minutes)





Regarding Bush, the report found that "earlier presidential involvement could have speeded the response" because he alone could have cut through all bureaucratic resistance.

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"If 9/11 was a failure of imagination then Katrina was a failure of initiative. It was a failure of leadership," the report's preface states. "In this instance, blinding lack of situational awareness and disjointed decision making needlessly compounded and prolonged Katrina's horror."
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Given those warnings, the report notes Bush's televised statement on Sept. 1 that "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees," and concludes: "Comments such as those . . . do not appear to be consistent with the advice and counsel one would expect to have been provided by a senior disaster professional."


- Early House review summary - Washington Post, February 12, 2006











LINKS:


White House knew scale of Katrina disaster from start, official reveals


Katrina Report Spreads Blame


White House blamed for Katrina failings


Bush inaction 'delayed' Katrina aid


Ex-FEMA chief: Bush aides informed


Brown: I Warned White House as Katrina Hit


Katrina denials 'are baloney'


White House knew of Katrina devastation immediately


The White House dodge on Katrina


A Katrina Brownout






What the hell else is there to say? Just that I hope this pisses you off as much as it does me - particularly Chimpy grinning and eating cake (with McCain, I note) while New Orleans drowns.

2 comments:

Jetting Through Life said...

It's a shame what happened to New Orleans... It's also a shame that the government didn't follow through the way they should have.

suki said...

It definitely does. :/