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How SHOULD the President have handled this disaster?

In September 1999, Hurricane Floyd -- a category 3 -- was bearing down the Carolinas and Virginia.President Clinton was in Christchurch, New Zealand - meeting with President Jiang of China (you know, actually working). He made the proclamation that only Presidents can make and declared the areas affected by Floyd "Federal Disaster Areas" so the National Guard and Military can begin to mobilize.

Then he cut short his meetings overseas and flew home to coordinate the rescue efforts. This all one day BEFORE a Cat-3 hit the coast. That is how you do it.

How about this dope's own father during Hurricane Andrew? Once again, President Bush (41) -- August, 1992 -- was in the midst of a brutal campaign for re-election. Yet, he cut off his campaigning the day before and went to Washington where he martialed the largest military operation on US soil in history. He sent in 7,000 National Guard and 22,000 regular military personnel, and all the gear to begin the clean up within hours after Andrew passed through Florida. 'Cause, you know, those people and their stuff was actually where it belonged, rather than being used for insurgent target-practice halfway around the world in a vain effort to make Iraq safe for Iranian takeover.

In August of 1969 when Cat-5 Hurricane Camille hit roughly the same area as Katrina, President Nixon had already readied the National Guard and ordered all Gulf rescue vessels and equipment from Tampa and Houston to follow the Hurricane in. There were over 1,000 regular military with two dozen helicopters to assist the Coast Guard and National Guard within hours after the skies cleared.

Bush 43 - August 2005 - Cat-5 Hurricane Katrina bears down on New Orleans and the Mississippi gulf. Both states are down nearly 8,000 National Guard troops because they are in Iraq -- with most of the rescue gear needed. Bush is on vacation. The day before Katrina makes landfall, Bush rides his bike for two hours. The day she hits, he goes to Johnnie McCain's birthday party; and lies to old people about the multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company welfare boondoggle. People are dying, the largest port of entry in the United States (and fifth largest in the World) is under attack. Troops and supplies are desperately needed. The levees are cracking and the emergency 1-1/2 ton sandbags are ready, but there aren't enough helicopters or pilots to set them before the levees fail. The mayor of New Orleans begs for Federal coordination, but there is none, and the sandbagging never gets done. So Bush -- naturally -- goes to San Diego to play guitar with country singer and lie to the military about how Iraq is just exactly like WWII. The levees give way, filling New Orleans with water, sewage, oil and chemicals. Ten percent of all US exports, and 50% of all agricultural exports ordinarly go through this port. It is totally destroyed. Bush decides he'll end his vacation a couple of days early -- TOMORROW -BECAUSE HE HAS TICKETS TO A PADRES GAME! He goes back to the Fake Farm in Crawford, with every intention of doing something on WEDNESDAY about this disaster that happened starting last Sunday night.

The mayor is pissed.


It just keeps getting worse and worse. I can't read anymore, I don't think.


I wish the election had been this year.


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Sep. 2nd, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
I was watching one news report last night, and it said that the president was meeting with clinton and his father.
Which, while true, sounded like the president needed to run to his daddy for help. Which, while also probably true, didn't exactly instill confidence...
Sep. 2nd, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
I SO hate our current president. He's so inefficient.

It seems that they should have been preparing for something when they saw it approaching Florida on Sunday. When the hurricane buzzed Florida and it was gaining strength, they could have even prepared for something then!

It's ridiculous.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
it's hell on earth down there
This quotation from the angry mayor article proves that Bush does NOT understand what's happening in New Orleans right now:

"He said he was 'looking forward' to thanking people involved in disaster-relief efforts and assuring victims that short-term and long-term help is on the way."
Sep. 2nd, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
Re: it's hell on earth down there
I know, right? This is FRIDAY. The National Guard should have been mobilized and ready to move in on TUESDAY. THIS WAS NOT A FUCKING SURPRISE.

I can't tell if he's really that goddamned stupid, or just completely incapable of speaking plainly.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
otherwise: he's the devil
It could be both, but to give him the benefit of the doubt, I'd say that he just doesn't get it. Like his father who didn't know the price of a gallon of milk and said that anyone coming home from work at 6 a.m. had to be a criminal, Bush Jr. is so separated from reality that he doesn't see what we're seeing.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
rest assured that if this was happening in nyc or beverly hills, this would have gained major federal aid with the fucking quickness. i mean, really, who gives a fuck about the impoverished parts of the country? obviously not the president. i wonder what the high-flying red-staters are thinking right now.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
Ooh, ooh, I can answer that! That's easy.

1. They should have evacuated.
2. What do they expect, living 10 feet below sea level?
3. God is punishing the gays (there was to be some sort of big gay festival thingie in NOLA in the near future)
4. He's also punishing the baby-killers (LA has a high abortion rate, particularly New Orleans)

So, to sum up, they deserve it!
Sep. 2nd, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
As an involuntary red state-r (with unlimited access to assholes), I respectfully disagree. I am in the thick of it and have seen little evidence of this attitude. My entire city (home to MANY refugees) is stopping everything to open our hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and convention center.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
Hooray! That makes me very happy and I'm sorry once again that I generalized: the views of a few conservative columnists do not represent an entire region, thank God.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
i meant, what are the red-staters thinking about our president. i really don't believe that faced with this type of tragedy, any american would turn their back if needed. i'm just wondering what all of the pro-bush supporters are thinking about their choice in president. was he really the best choice to lead and care for the people of the united states....
Sep. 2nd, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
The answer I keep hearing is "Do you really think another president would have been able to prevent a natural disaster? He cares about all Americans and is doing his best".

To which I say, had he not cut the funding for rebuilding the levees and gutted FEMA, yes, he very well may have prevented much of this.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
he had to gut fema! it is trying to take over the world!
Sep. 2nd, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Louisiana was a red state, though New Orleans was very much in the blue.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
And now with the Orleanian diaspora throughout the state and region, it's very possible that Lousiana might be a blue state come November 2006.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, the amount of nothing worth doing he accomplishes is staggering. I wonder if LA voted R?
Sep. 2nd, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
for some reason, it's also really bugging me that the telethon tonight is only airing on NBC. When the tsunami telethon aired, it was on EVERY NETWORK.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
There was this article in Newsweek last week that was excellent. Regarding Iraq and the grieving protesting mother and such, it discussed how Bush does not know death. He thinks he does, makes some motions and sympathetic gestures and plays at knowing death, but has no interior knowledge of loss and what death truly means, or he couldn't possibly act as he does and put it aside so readily.

That article was written before this tragedy occurred in Louisiana and Mississippi, and I keep thinking of it now. Bush doesn't really understand what the hell is happening to the disadvantaged people right now, or he wouldn't be going to a fucking Padres game tomorrow.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
yeah, i think it has really come to light recently in the most glaring ways possible that this guy doesn't understand the concept of human suffering at all. he is a child of privilege & just doesn't comprehend "struggle."

but the more i think about it, i do tend to think that he is the leader America, as a whole, deserves.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
I feel like I need to comment on every angry post that I see about this, even though they just keep piling up, because we need to be fucking angry, and we need to support eachother in our anger. We also need to make other people angry and hopefully keep spreading it. Because seriously, this shit is rediculous.

Also, thanks for this post. It was put together way better than I possibly could have.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
how about fixing the levees when they said "hey, these are busted?" how about we start there? though of course, my condemnation is not so strong as others, on account of being a bastard.
Sep. 2nd, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
the BBC has (as usual) had good articles on this horrible stuff:

horror stories

our national disgrace

and this is great, because motherfucking BIBLES will be EXTREMELY helpful in this situation.

Sep. 3rd, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
thank you!
I might sound dumb but I didn't realize that the federal government usually mobilized BEFORE a hurricaine. I mean it makes sense tthat they would since they can be tracked (unlike earthqauakes here in Cali) but I just didn't know. So thanks for enlightening me.

I have never had ANY love for Bush and I have thought he was idiotic before he even got to the White House but its just another reason for the anger and frustration I feel toward the current administration.

Thanks again for the informative post.

p.s. I don't have an el-jay but sometimes I poke around on it (I used to have one) so that is how I found this post

Sep. 4th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
this is the best LJ i have ever read. thanks
Sep. 7th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
Unfuckingbelievable. Nixon actually had people follow the hurricane in and mobilized before the hurricane hit. And Clinton had everything in place too.

I don't suppose you want to send that information to Bush while he conducts his inquiry into what went wrong, do you?

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