Monday, June 12, 2006
Is dodging the heat what it's really all about, Mr. President?
CNN.com had an interesting article, "Brown: E-mail shows Bush glad FEMA took Katrina Flak." The article focuses on an email sent from an unknown sender (sender redacted) from the exective office of the president to Michael Brown, head of FEMA at the time of the Hurricane Katrina crisis last year. A pdf file of the email is available at the link below. But this is the key passage apparently reflecting Bush's gratititude that FEMA was bearing the brunt of public outrage over our failure in the gulf coast:
"The September 2005 e-mail reads: "I did hear of one reference to you, at the Cabinet meeting yesterday. I wasn't there, but I heard someone commented that the press was sure beating up on Mike Brown, to which the president replied, 'I'd rather they beat up on him than me or Chertoff.' " (Copy of e-mail [PDF])
The sender adds, "Congratulations on doing a great job of diverting hostile fire away from the leader.""
If this is really the feeling of President Bush, then I can completely understand why the government botched its role in rescuing, protecting, and finding decent sanctuary for the citizens of the gulf coast. It also explains their sluggish reaction in helping those left behind after the storm had passed. If it's all about avoiding blame, then I'm not surprised that so little got done.............
Way to go Mr. President! Thanks for reminding Americans of how stupid we were to elect you, not once, but twice.