Tuesday, September 13, 2005

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

In the first days of the Hurricane Katrina crisis, White House staff became worried that President Bush was out of touch with of the dire reality of the situation.

Newsweek reports: "Some White House staffers were watching the evening news and thought the president needed to see the horrific reports coming out of New Orleans. Counselor [Dan] Bartlett made up a DVD of the newscasts so Bush could see them in their entirety as he flew down to the Gulf Coast the next morning on Air Force One."

Bartlett's plan seemed to work -- the next morning, Bush made his first critical remarks about the disaster relief efforts.

Unfortunately, after two and a half years, no one seems to have made President Bush a similar DVD about Iraq. Just before his focus turned to Katrina, Bush was likening the war in Iraq to World War II and claiming again that U.S. forces are making "progress."

Another reality check is needed.

-- Center for American Progress, Sept. 13

11 Comments:

Blogger Jill said...

It's the photo-op,man. That is all george wants. He's gotta "look" good, right?

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Atman said...

It starred the Teletubbies

Tinky Winky showed the pictures on his belly-tube.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Bob3 said...

after the DVD a puppet show
Jesus god what does the man do all day? Anything? Anything at all?

12:45 PM  
Anonymous lilymidnite said...

I guess Condi couldn't get it across to him

by whispering sweet nothings is his ear.

What a dangerous, f*cking bonehead.

Freepers I know think this kind of thing is made up by the "liberal media", and still don't believe. What'll it take?

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Julius Civitatus said...

Did they make drawings as well?

How about a puppet show, as someone else suggested above...

Gosh, we really have Forrest Gump in charge of the nuclear button!

12:46 PM  
Anonymous magnolia said...

Oh...an animated version of Hurricane Katrina!

How sweet. They probably had Drew Carey do the voice of Mayor Nagin. "Hey guys, get off your butts and get me some help over here. Oh...and Cleveland rocks!"

12:47 PM  
Anonymous etherealtruth said...

This allowed them to stop the dvd at various points and tell him, "No, Mr. President most Americans don't find this funny," desensitizing him in hopes that he wouldn't get giddy in public.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous quaoar said...

Did they include the PSA of Mr. Bill?

The one where Hurricane Sluggo wipes out New Orleans? That one was probably simple enough for Bush to grasp.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Lars39 said...

Why is a president in this day and age relying on reporters

when we have satellites that can transmit images where you can practically see people waving at you?

Does he not have every resource available to him as "king of all he surveys"?

12:48 PM  
Anonymous moggie said...

What were the extras like?

"Call this a DVD? There's not even a 'deleted scenes' extra!"

12:48 PM  
Blogger Chandira said...

He's already proved that he can't read, with the whole upside-down kids book episode, so surely a dvd is a good thing? ;-)

2:09 PM  

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