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Monday, September 03, 2007


White House priorities

While we all remember this famous picture which shows that even after Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, George Bush was more interested in frivolities than in doing his job, a new book about George Bush makes clear this was no aberration (not that you thought it was), and that right before the Hurricane hit, at a time when he should have been working, along with others in government, to prevent a tragedy, he had more important priorities:
Draper writes that Bush was "gassed" after an 80-minute bike ride at his Crawford, Tex., ranch on the day before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast and was largely silent during a subsequent video briefing from then-FEMA Director Michael D. Brown and other top officials making preparations for the storm.
80 minutes of bike riding (and don't forget to add in another hour for getting dressed in bike clothes before the ride, and showering after) that could have been spent, and would have by other Presidents who actually care about people's lives (even people from countries whose governments are trying to overthrow theirs!), trying to avert disaster.

I said it first then but it's no less applicable today: Resign! Rumsfeld did it. Gonzalez did it. And, of course, Richard Nixon did it as well. You can too, George. Do the right thing for once in your life. Resign. And take Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and the rest of the gang who were equally complicit in the action in Iraq and the inaction in New Orleans, with you.

As an added bonus to this post, let me add a "Political Humor of the Day" quote from George W. himself (from the book):

Noting that he ran into former president Bill Clinton at the United Nations last year, Bush added, "Six years from now, you're not going to see me hanging out in the lobby of the U.N."
Yeah, no kidding George. Because once you're no longer President, once what you think and say and do no longer carries the potential to destroy the lives of millions of people, there isn't a single person in the world (well, not a single person of any intelligence, anyway) who is going to want to listen to, or report on, the unintelligent nonsense emanating from your mouth. Not at the U.N., and not even at the local Quik-E-Mart.

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