Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Why Didn't Bush Discuss Hurricane Relief From The "Western White House"?

The initial reaction to President Bush's outline of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts has generally been positive, although some have questioned whether the president's Rose Garden speech today was a day late.

But one question: Why did the President return to Washington?

I realize this isn't the most important issue, but are we to forget that conservative pundits drilled for weeks about all the work Bush could do at the "Western White House," in Crawford, Texas?

Conservatives defended the president taking some five weeks in Crawford, saying that with all the communication tools at his disposal, and all the administration officials and cabinet members willing to travel to Texas, that Bush was barely taking any vacation at all.

So why did Bush have to travel to Washington to give a speech? Was it to have this photo-op?

I would have assumed that Bush, rather than flying low over New Orleans on his way to the Rose Garden, would have done better to stop in the Crescent City and hold an impromptu press conference -- perhaps rolled up his sleeves and passed out bottles of water -- before trekking back to nearby Crawford to meet with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and the emergency team being assembled to deal with the catastrophe.

8 Comments:

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7:35 PM  
Anonymous jamal said...

Bush doesnt give a damn. He's sitting pretty in his mansion... his DRY mansion!

8:37 PM  
Anonymous jamal said...

But yes... anything for a photo opportunity!

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8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Democratic Underground:

And why not on Saturday when it was apparent this would happen
Why wait until Wednesday to return to Washington? It is just one more example of the Incompetence running this country.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Democratic Underground:

The dude is out of touch...delusional

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did he travel to the White House you ask? Precisely for the reason that you're blogging about it. If he hadn't, detractors would be saying...'look at him, still on vacation.'

Your blog is also completely irrelevant because the fact is he DID discuss the hurricane before the storm hit. The state of Louisiana was declared a disaster area BEFORE the storm hit from the 'western white house'. Let me repeat that because people seem to think he didnt know the storm was coming...Louisiana was declared a disaster BEFORE Katrina made landfall.

1:01 AM  
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