The Bushs At Their Best...

september 7, 2005

This is just a sad story about how disconnected the whole Bush family is with the normal people of America. They just seem to have no damn clue about the world around them. At least that much can be said about Mother Bush and her little boy George W. This is both sad and frustrating to see the wealthy say this kind of stuff. This is what Barbara Bush said after visiting the Astro Dome on Labor Day.

Commenting on the facilities that have been set up for the evacuees -- cots crammed side-by-side in a huge stadium where the lights never go out and the sound of sobbing children never completely ceases -- former First Lady Barbara Bush concluded that the poor people of New Orleans had lucked out. "Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them," Mrs. Bush told American Public Media's "Marketplace" program, before returning to her multi-million dollar Houston home. On the tape of the interview, Mrs. Bush chuckles audibly as she observes just how great things are going for families that are separated from loved ones, people who have been forced to abandon their homes and the only community where they have ever lived, and parents who are explaining to children that their pets, their toys and in some cases their friends may be lost forever.
And the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
On Friday, when even Republican lawmakers were giving the federal government an "F" for its response to the crisis, President Bush heaped praise on embattled Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown. As thousands of victims of the hurricane continued to plead for food, water, shelter, medical care and a way out of the nightmare to which federal neglect had consigned them, Brown cheerily announced that "people are getting the help they need." Barbara Bush's son put his arm around the addled FEMA functionary and declared, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."
In this time of crisis, is it fair to attack the President like this? Yes. This is just not the way things are supposed to be. Human beings, rich or poor, should be treated the same. Being flooded out of your home, flown out of the state that you live in, and put into a football stadium is not a sign of "luck" or things "working very well". The way that these two Bushes have publically spoken about the Katrina situation is an embarassment. The lack of compassion borderlines a silliness that I can't even imagine. And the hard-headedness of George W. Bush is wearing thin on me -- if your administration fucked up, admit it. Don't go praising the incompetentence of the FEMA chief.