hurricane of spin

Do you think that when Bush addresses the nation tonight, he’ll mention the fact that Republican senators voted against the formation of an independent commission to look into what went wrong in our response to Hurricane Katrina?

(If you have any thoughts on the President’s speech, by the way, you can feel free to leave a comment in this thread.)

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  1. mark
    Posted September 15, 2005 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    It might just be talk, but it sounds like he’s going really far to put this behind him… job training, extensive rebuilding, money for families, emergency plans for every city in America, etc. First he took responsibility, and now he’s even going so far as to recognize racism. That tells me that he REALLY wants to get beyond this, and back to his agenda… Maybe I’m reading it all wrong, but it sounds to me like he’s just going to throw money at this and do whatever he needs to do just to get the rest of his legislative agenda back on track.

  2. Shanster
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    I only heard a little bit of the speech, but one thing disturbed me. He laid out the problem with the response, then said something like, ‘therefore the Federal government needs to more.’ It sounded to me like a big government power grab. I think the giant beaurocracy of the federal government is not the thing which will provide help during an emergency. If he meant ‘give better training and funding to locals’, then that’s great.

  3. be OH be
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    When I heard that portion of the speech, Shanster, I was envisioning a much greater military presence in the area and federal control over all aspects of the recovery. I agree, sounds like a panicky power grab to me.

    I also wasn’t put at ease by Bush invoking the term “reconstruction” on at least two occasions.

  4. mark
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    I read today that Rove, the presidnet’s political advisor, is the main guy in the administration when it comes to the rebuilding of New Orleans. That tells me that this effort is more about show than anything else. It’s about changing the perception of W as a weak leader who’s putting us all in greater danger, and not about helping the people of New Orleans rebuild.

  5. Ken
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    I think it wild the amount of credibility a poor person gets when you get a crap load of bad press. GWB=FDR?!

  6. mark
    Posted September 17, 2005 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Yeah, you kind of feel sorry for FDR that his name has to be intertwined with that of W.

  7. chris
    Posted September 17, 2005 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Karl Rove?!?!?!?!?! OK, I am just so done w/ it all. WTF, is he gonna do. This is so like my children when I tell them the importance of accepting blame, they do…and then do the same damn thing over again adding, “Can I have a cookie now?”.

  8. mark
    Posted September 17, 2005 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    If I have time this evening, I’ll put up some links to the Rove articles that mention his role in the rebuilding effort.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted September 22, 2005 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Customers sux
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