Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bush's Final Press Conf. -- Ugh!

I heard snippets of outgoing President George W. Bush's final press conference yesterday, and since I'm down here in New Orleans, what I heard most was his defense of his administration's response to Hurricane Katrina survivors. He seemed to think having "30,000 people evacuated from their roofs hours after the storm," as he claims, makes it all good.

Really, I was too tired to address the drivel of this lame duck, but I'm not too tired to post links to what others have said. First, CNN's Campbell Brown talks about Bush's disconnect with reality. No duh!

But it takes the local paper to really get down Bush's insanity, his attempt to rewrite history:
In his last scheduled press conference, the president vigorously dismissed criticism of the government's performance.

"Don't tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs right after the storm passed," the president said, pounding the lectern. "That's a pretty quick response. . . . Could things have been done better? Absolutely, absolutely. But when I hear people say the federal response was slow, what are they going to say to those chopper drivers or the 30,000 who got pulled off the roof?"

The U.S. Coast Guard, indeed, performed thousands of heroic rescues after the storm. But it's indisputable that the rest of the federal bureaucracy failed miserably in aiding tens of thousands of people who waited days for water, food and evacuation. Even reports by the White House and Congress faulted the federal performance.

So did President Bush a few days after Katrina. "The results are not acceptable," the president said Sept. 2, 2005, referring to the federal failure to timely deliver food and medicines to survivors. (NOLA.com editorial)
You may watch clips of Bush's last press presidential conference at HuffPo.

Finally, Republican Ed Rollins takes on Bush's delusions and arrogance in commentary at CNN. I agree with what Rollins says about Bush's arrogance. Indeed, I said in my BlogHer post, "Shoes vs. Bush and the End of Late Night Chuckles," that Bush believes he's right. He thinks he's done a good job.

Is it possible he lives in a dimension parallel to ours? I'm so glad we're sending him back.

1 comment:

Revvy Rev said...

I don't think that he even believes it. The government's response to Katrina was a fiasco, I don't care how Bush tries to whitewash it. The only good thing that can be said of the Bush presidency is that "men meant it for evil, but God meant it for good" or that "all things work together for good to them that love God and are the called according to His purpose." The failure of this president opened the door for another, who otherwise would have never been able to get there.