How Bush Blew It
Waaaaaay back in November 2003, I wrote an entry entitled "The Problem With Dubya". In this entry I listed the many things that frightened me about the American president, including the fact he seemed proud that he doesn't watch the news on television, read newspapers or read the news online. In "How Bush Blew It", a Newsweek post-Katrina analysis, we learn just how out of touch Dubya is. Below are some excepts.
President Bush knew the storm and its consequences had been bad; but he didn't quite realize how bad.
The reality, say several aides who did not wish to be quoted because it might displease the president, did not really sink in until Thursday night. Some White House staffers were watching the evening news and thought the president needed to see the horrific reports coming out of New Orleans. Counselor Bartlett made up a DVD of the newscasts so Bush could see them in their entirety as he flew down to the Gulf Coast the next morning on Air Force One.
How this could be-how the president of the United States could have even less "situational awareness," as they say in the military, than the average American about the worst natural disaster in a century-is one of the more perplexing and troubling chapters in a story that, despite moments of heroism and acts of great generosity, ranks as a national disgrace.
Read this thing. It's the scariest shit I've read in a long, long time.
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