Thursday, March 02, 2006

Bastard of the Day

This is such an obvious choice. How could I not pick George W. "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees" Bush? The videotape shows that he knew damn well that New Orleans was in danger of horrific flooding, and that he was told the levees could be topped. At the very least, he could have ended his vacation immediately and cancelled his jaunt to California. On the tape, Bush didn't even ask one question when he was told of the looming disaster. Would any other president in our history have been so disinterested or so thoroughly certain that he had heard all he needed to know? (Okay, maybe Reagan, but only if he was asleep.)

Those wacky White House spinmeisters are on top of this, of course:
"I hope people don't draw conclusions from the president getting a single briefing," Bush spokesman Trent Duffy said, citing a variety of orders and disaster declarations Bush signed before the storm made landfall. "He received multiple briefings from multiple officials, and he was completely engaged at all times."
Wait a minute, Duffster. When someone claims to have no idea about something but "a single briefing" shows that he did know about that thing, that is all we need to see. How can one not draw the conclusion that Bush was full of sh*t? And if he was "completely engaged," why was he screwing off in California as the bodies started floating through the streets of New Orleans? White House spokespeople must get tired of trying to cover for this guy all the time. It is now clear that Bush's contention that he was caught by surprise just doesn't, pardon the expression, hold water.

Bush and his cronies like to talk about running the country like a CEO runs a company. It is true that a good manager delegates and trusts his people, but when something really important is happening, any CEO worth his salt isn't out on the golf course or playing a guitar. He's on the spot making sure everyone is doing his/her job. And if they aren't doing it right, he finds someone else who can or steps in and gets it done himself. He doesn't just fly overhead and peer out the window at the problem.

I'll give a runner-up Bastard of the Day award to "Bruce," the boneheaded commenter here who tries to draw a distinction between levees being "topped" and "breached" to claim that Bush didn't lie at all. What a load of semantic bullsh*t. Regardless of whether levees are topped or breached, the end result is the same: you'd better grow some gills.

What will our fearless leader's response be? My bet is that he'll undertake an investigation to find out who leaked the tapes. Such a compassionate conservative. At this point, I'm starting to think Kanye West was right.

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