I didn’t have any of the complaints about the Bush speech that I am
reading from some. Perhaps it is a matter of context — complainers seem
to have been looking for an inspirational, uplifting statement of
leadership. Nice as that might have been, I just wasn’t expecting it.
I remember seeing Gov. Jeb Bush on TV a hundred times last summer, in
glasses and shirtsleeves, ready to work. He was running an operation,
doing the job. That was what I expected from W, and I think I got it.
He wasn’t in shirtsleeves, though then again that might have been a
little too Dilbert-y for the POTUS.
Meanwhile I think that those who complain that the federal government
hasn’t handled this effectively are missing the scope of the disaster.
No organization on Earth could ever possibly have planned for this or
be prepared for it. I am no Pollyanna — obviously mistakes have been
made, but perspective is needed for many of those quick to criticize
And looters should be shot on sight.