Thursday, September 15, 2005
Unlike Bill Clinton, who never took responsibility for anything he did, while at he same time taking credit for things he didn't do, president Bush has taken responsibility for something he couldn't even control, and that hardly anyone blames him for (except wacky liberals) – the Katrina hurricane.
"To the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility," Bush told a White House news conference at which he openly questioned U.S. preparedness for another storm or a "severe attack."
Democrats are "feeling" they've got republicans right where they want them now. However, they've proven themselves perfect for miscalculating the pulse of America in 7 out of the last 10 elections. How many times will democrat voters put up with promises only to be crushed in defeat? The liberal glutton's for punishment never cease to amaze at who they'll believe, support and fund to the hilt. Carter and Clinton are just the two latest examples of put-up con men by the leftist criminals.
Bill Clinton's disaster response actually took longer than Bush's, and he still didn't do anything about it for the rest of his presidency leading up to the WTC attacks on 9/11 that occurred just after he was booted out of office!
Critics say President Bush's personal response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster was too little, too late - with an Air Force One flyover the day after New Orleans' levees broke and a trip to Baton Rouge two days later.
The arrogant President Clinton, on other the other hand, got glowing reviews for responding to his administration's biggest disaster, the Oklahoma City bombing - even though Clinton took a full day longer to arrive on the scene than Bush did last week. A fact you'll never see on any liberal "news" network or in the NY Times or Washi Post rag.
Where was Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore and the rest of the liberal hypocrites then?
New Orleans' levees broke on a Tuesday - and Bush had his own boots-on-the-ground just three days later on Friday.
When the Alfred P. Murrah Building exploded on Wednesday morning, April 19, 1995, President Clinton didn't travel to the scene for four full days.
And when he finally arrived, there was no grumbling by troubled pundits about the delay. In fact, Clinton's response to Oklahoma City is remembered to this day as the turning point of his political fortunes.
Writing this week in New York Magazine, John Heilemann recalls Clinton's April 23 speech about the bombing:
"With breathtaking subtlety and nimbleness, Clinton used that act of terrorism to illustrate the dangers of the wild-eyed anti-government rhetoric then in vogue among the Gingrichian GOP — a move that set him on the road to political redemption." Even Clinton admitted in his book that he was reelected only because of the bombing. Amazingly it also led to the attacks on 9/11 that killed over 3,000 American's in New York, Washington and Pennsylvannia.
The real difference, of course, was that Clinton had a sympathetic media that was just as anxious as he was to blame the disaster on right wing Republicans. Bush, on the other hand, faces a press corps that couldn't wait to use Katrina against him.
The double standard becomes even more obvious when reaction to Katrina is compared with what remains the worst law enforcement debacle in U.S. history - the Clinton administration's decision to rout the Branch Davidians from their encampment at Waco.
More innocent children were killed in that April 19, 1993, assault than died in Oklahoma City. Yet the Clinton administration received little if any blame - and no one was forced to resign.
In fact, after then-Attorney General Janet Reno publicly accepted responsibility, she was hailed as a hero by sympathetic reporters, an irony that's likely not lost on Bush's allegedly "disgraced" ex-FEMA Director Michael Brown.
Good for Dems in 2006?
Opining on how bad the response was for democrats, columnist Mark Steyn writes: "Apart from anything else, it would seem unlikely that in the 2006 elections voters in states unafflicted by Katrina would eschew Republican incumbents and stampede to vote for the party that's given us the New Orleans Police Department, its clown mayor and Louisiana's sob-sister governor. But forget the question of jurisdictional responsibility and instead grant the critics their fraudulent argument that this is all the fault of the federal government - ie, Bush and the Republicans. Why then will it have no electoral fallout?
For the answer, let's go to Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives. At a meeting in the White House last week, she had the guts to walk up to the flailing Bush and demand he immediately fire the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency."
As usual, Mark is spot-on.
Who will the democrats blame, blame, blame, blame for the next natural disaster or terror attack? You guessed it, everyone but themselves!
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