The Fifth Horseman: Irresponsibility and Evasion: The New Orleans Address

Friday, September 16, 2005


Irresponsibility and Evasion: The New Orleans Address

Well, almost three weeks and several thousand dead Americans later, Bush finally decided that Hurricane Katrina was serious enough to warrant a speech on primetime television.

As would be expected, the Chickenhawk Brigade is practically shitting itself with glee, as it scrambles to find new and interesting ways to praise the President’s love and compassion. Perhaps worst of all is the reaction of many Democrats, too scared to call out Bush on his hypocrisy, who seemed just as eager as the Chickenhawk Brigade to praise the President's speech.

Well, fuck them. They can be collaborators if they wish. I am going to tell the truth.

I was not impressed by the President's speech. Not even close. Here are my reasons why:

1: No mention of an Independent Investigation into the Administration's dismal response to the disaster. However, this doesn't worry me that much. The vast majority of the American public, including 64% of Republicans, favor an Independent Investigation. If he ignores their wishes, the GOP runs the risk of being clobbered in the 2006 midterms. This threat of losing power is quite possibly the only thing that will motivate Mr. Bush to do the right thing.

2: Although he "accepted responsibility", the President said nothing about any sort of consequences and/or accountability for the failings of himself and his entire Administration. I guess that part is up to us.

3: Although he did accept responsibility for the Administration's failures, Dubya offered no explanations for his criminally slow response. That needs to change.

4: I saw no evidence of this masturbatory "compassion" the Chickenhawk Brigade has been raving about. In fact, Dubya seemed just as stiff and heartless as usual. He referred to his own Father as "Former President Bush", for Christ's sake. Who does that?!? Compassionate conservative, my ass.

5:Still no apology, or even bashful remarks, about his mother's racism.

And, finally, I bring you this tidbit of information from Brian Williams's blog:

In anticipation of Dubya's symbolically poignant trip to New Orleans, and his coldly emotionless speech, power was restored in the city's warehouse district. However, this was not meant to last. Williams wrote:

"And yet last night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to audible groans. It's enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed it... jump to certain conclusions."
A real compassionate conservative, eh?

However, there is one bright spot. Despite the almost orgastic praises of the Chickenhawk Brigade, Dubya's Dismal Address has failed to kill the buzz for his Impeachment. In fact, the words "Impeach Bush" are, as of now, still maintain a #2 spot on the Technorati Top ten list.

Sure, it's a long shot. But being The Underdog is always so much fun. Let's Impeach the Bastard.

President Bush gave his speech in both Republican and Democratic speak. Reaction was mixed, however, as people were trying to figure out which one was which.

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