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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Democratic leaders critical of the President's responce to disaster

Finally, the Democrats show some backbone.
Congress' top two Democrats furiously criticized the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina on Wednesday, with Sen. Harry Reid demanding to know whether President Bush's Texas vacation impeded relief efforts and Rep. Nancy Pelosi assailing the chief executive as "oblivious, in denial" about the difficulties.

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In a letter to the Senate's Homeland Security Committee chairwoman, Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, pressed for a wide-ranging investigation and answers to several questions, including: "How much time did the president spend dealing with this emerging crisis while he was on vacation? Did the fact that he was outside of Washington, D.C., have any effect on the federal government's response?"

At a news conference, Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush's choice for head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency had "absolutely no credentials."

She related that she urged Bush at the White House on Tuesday to fire Brown.

"He said 'Why would I do that?'" Pelosi said.

"'I said because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right last week.' And he said 'What didn't go right?'"

"Oblivious, in denial, dangerous," she added.
The American people demand answers and people need to be held accountable for their lack of leadership during this crisis. Michael Brown has no business being in charge of FEMA in the first place and people should demand that he be fired as soon as possible.

This President is so out of touch with reality that's it laughable. He should be held accountable for his lack of using common sense during this crisis (remember he cut his vacation short on Wednesday and was giving speeches and accepting a guitar from a country music singer while New Orleans was underwater on Tuesday). His inaction during this crisis probably resulted in the deaths of thousands and that should never be forgotten no matter how hard the WHite House tries to spin the story.