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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Excellent editorial on Bush and the hurricane

I guess I'm not the only person upset over our President's lack of leadership skills during this disaster. Now, this editorial is from the Manchester Union Leader, a very conservative newspaper to say the least.
AS THE EXTENT of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation became clearer on Tuesday — millions without power, tens of thousands homeless, a death toll unknowable because rescue crews can’t reach some regions — President Bush carried on with his plans to speak in San Diego, as if nothing important had happened the day before.

Katrina already is measured as one of the worst storms in American history. And yet, President Bush decided that his plans to commemorate the 60th anniversary of VJ Day with a speech were more pressing than responding to the carnage.

A better leader would have flown straight to the disaster zone and announced the immediate mobilization of every available resource to rescue the stranded, find and bury the dead, and keep the survivors fed, clothed, sheltered and free of disease.

The cool, confident, intuitive leadership Bush exhibited in his first term, particularly in the months immediately following Sept. 11, 2001, has vanished. In its place is a diffident detachment unsuitable for the leader of a nation facing war, natural disaster and economic uncertainty.

Wherever the old George W. Bush went, we sure wish we had him back.

I only disagreement with this editorial is the comment that Bush showed leadership during 9-11 because if I remember, our President was too busy reading "My Pet Goat" while the two planes slammed into the WTC.