How a President Should React
In September 1999, Hurricane Floyd -- a category 3 -- was bearing down the Carolinas and Virginia. President Clinton was in Christchurch, New Zealand - meeting with President Jiang of China (you know, actually working). He made the proclamation that only Presidents can make and declared the areas affected by Floyd "Federal Disaster Areas" so the National Guard and Military can begin to mobilize. Then he cut short his meetings overseas and flew home to coordinate the rescue efforts. This all one day BEFORE a Cat-3 hit the coast. That is how you do it.
How about this dope's own father during Hurricane Andrew? Once again, President Bush (41) -- August, 1992 -- was in the midst of a brutal campaign for re-election. Yet, he cut off his campaigning the day before and went to Washington where he martialed the largest military operation on US soil in history. He sent in 7,000 National Guard and 22,000 regular military personnel, and all the gear to begin the clean up within hours after Andrew passed through Florida. 'Cause, you know, those people and their stuff was actually where it belonged, rather than being used for insurgent target-practice halfway around the world in a vain effort to make Iraq safe for Iranian takeover.
In August of 1969 when Cat-5 Hurricane Camille hit roughly the same area as Katrina, President Nixon had already readied the National Guard and ordered all Gulf rescue vessels and equipment from Tampa and Houston to follow the Hurricane in. There were over 1,000 regular military with two dozen helicopters to assist the Coast Guard and National Guard within hours after the skies cleared.
Bush 43 - August 2005 - Cat-5 Hurricane Katrina bears down on New Orleans and the Mississippi gulf. Both states are down nearly 8,000 National Guard troops because they are in Iraq -- with most of the rescue gear needed. Bush is on vacation. The day before Katrina makes landfall, Bush rides his bike for two hours. The day she hits, he goes to Johnnie McCain's birthday party; and lies to old people about the multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company welfare boondoggle. People are dying, the largest port of entry in the United States (and fifth largest in the World) is under attack. Troops and supplies are desperately needed. The levees are cracking and the emergency 1-1/2 ton sandbags are ready, but there aren't enough helicopters or pilots to set them before the levees fail. The mayor of New Orleans begs for Federal coordination, but there is none, and the sandbagging never gets done. So Bush -- naturally -- goes to San Diego to play guitar with country singer and lie to the military about how Iraq is just exactly like WWII. The levees give way, filling New Orleans with water, sewage, oil and chemicals. Ten percent of all US exports, and 50% of all agricultural exports ordinarly go through this port. It is totally destroyed. Bush decides he'll end his vacation a couple of days early --BECAUSE HE HAS TICKETS TO A PADRES GAME! He goes back to the Fake Farm in Crawford, with every intention of doing something on WEDNESDAY about this disaster that happened starting last Sunday night.
And now to all of you asshats (including my folks) who voted for Bush in the first place, you have my utter contempt and loathing. Yeah, I'll be less grumpy at some of you eventually, but YOU put this monkey in the White House and news flash: Bush was the only person on the planet who could have made this less of a catastrophe and he didn't do shit!! Way to go assholes, you put a perenial party boy who found Jay-sus in charge of our national security and look what a great job he did. Fuck the 7 minutes. He had days to do something, anything and he went to a party? Right now, I could honestly care less if he had told the millitary to do the wrong thing, but our Monkey in Chief didn't do a single god damn thing about the hurricane he knew was coming!
"Who's the more foolish: The fool, or the fool who follows him?"
I've danced around the issue before, but let me say it plainly, I am disgusted with him and with the 51% who elected him president. How dare you claim that he was the moral choice? His stupidity and incompetence have caused the deaths of countless people multiple times before the election and you still had the nerve to vote for him? He started a war that's killed thousands and destroyed thousands more lives, he managed to make the US into a globally loathed bully despite having the world in our corner after 9/11. He's the worst possible example of a "Christian" (right up there with Pat "We have to take him out" Roberson) and if any of you out there want to support him because you think he's a moral man, I have news for you. You're an even bigger imbecile than he is.
I'm extremely proud to see how many people are opening their homes, wallets, whatever they can to the survivors of Katrina and New Orleans. Normal people who have very little are offering whatever they can and doing everything possible to help out those in need and that's awesome. That's what being a "Christian" and an "American" is all about, but I am utterly disgusted and ashamed of my President, his administration, AND the people who voted for him.
Fuck you and your sanctimonious stupidity.