Bush condemned, bumbler applauded

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They’ll get the President coming and going, writes Sher Zieve:  

After blaming President Bush for the feds response to Katrina, [NBC’s David] Gregory decided to rebuke him for “too much response” to Hurricane Rita’s impending onslaught when he asked the president, at a news conference: “Aren’t you and your entourage getting in the way?

Gregory may have had a little goalpost work done lately by the fine folks at Sortelli’s Movers and Landscapers. On related matters, John Leo asks:

Which politician emerged from the mess of Katrina as the biggest bonehead involved? No, it’s not Michael Brown, George W. Bush, or even the bumbling Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.

Hint: it’s the same guy over whom the New York Times gushes: “Hurricane Katrina has given the nation a new political celebrity … ”

Posted by Tim B. on 09/25/2005 at 09:36 AM
    1. Looks like New Orleans likes incompetence and a “its not my fault” attitude in their leaders.  We better send Latham over there, they will love him.

      It could be worst; the Labor Party might think of Nagin as a good canditate for the next party leader?

      Posted by youngy on 2005 09 25 at 11:20 AM • permalink


    1. “Aren’t you [Bush] and your entourage getting in the way?”

      A journalist asked this? What a classic case of projection.

      Posted by PW on 2005 09 25 at 11:23 AM • permalink


    1. I suspect the real fear is that the aftermath of Katrina is going to turn Louisiana over to the Republicans:

      Stonecipher sees the New Orleans area losing Democratic voters and a political network that was of great benefit to Sen. Mary Landrieu and other Democrats.

      Katrina might affect Louisiana politics

      Posted by Hellbilly on 2005 09 25 at 11:46 AM • permalink


    1. Ray Nagin: Political Celebrity, Marion Berry Class.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2005 09 25 at 12:09 PM • permalink


    1. youngy, don’t miss the power of ‘distinctive shirts and shaved head’ as a way of becoming a folk legend.  Now, if Bush would just . . .

      Nah.  The NYT still wouldn’t like him.  On the other hand, if they want to increase the number of people subscribing to their premium op-ed cite, if instead of a crappy video about each columnist they’d make Krugman, Dowd, Brooks, et al shave their heads and wear ‘distinctive shirt(s)’ I, for one, would fork over the 50 bucks if I could download copies of the pics.

      Krugman with a shaved head and in a ‘distinctive shirt’—hell, I’d kick in an extra $20 if I get to choose the shirt.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2005 09 25 at 01:56 PM • permalink


    1. But he, like other political analysts, said it will take time to see where evacuees end up settling and how many ultimately return home.

      And whether they remain Democrats after suffering firsthand the abysmal performance of Dems Nagin and Blanco.

      Posted by Achillea on 2005 09 25 at 04:38 PM • permalink


    1. Remember, the NYT thought Michael Dukakis was a political celebrity, too…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 09 25 at 05:12 PM • permalink


    1. Moving goalposts is my business, and business is good.

      Posted by Sortelli on 2005 09 25 at 07:09 PM • permalink


    1. Go ahead, Mayor Nagin.  Run for president in 2008.  It’ll be a slam dunk.  [/not]

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 09 25 at 07:49 PM • permalink


    1. This kind of dunk is more like it, I reckon.

      Posted by PW on 2005 09 25 at 08:55 PM • permalink


    1. Hey if it was Michael Moore he would be getting in the way.

      Posted by crash on 2005 09 26 at 04:49 AM • permalink


    1. Schizoid Media:
      Not enough response/Too much response.
      Didn’t warn us about Terrorist threat/ Over-reacting to Terrorist threat.
      Increase Services & Welfare/Reduce Taxes On Petrol.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 09 26 at 07:36 AM • permalink


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