The Corner

Re: The Bush Speech

Well, let me join the dogpile. The more I

think about that miserable laundry-list speech of his, the madder it makes

me. I’ve been watching cable news and WWL’s online stream for the past few

days, and Bush’s speech was as canned and unrealistic as if it had been

phoned in from Mars. All day long, stories of incredible suffering, armed

mobs of looters roaming the streets, babies and their mothers in desperate

conditions … and the president rattles off a policy speech in which he

stops to thank a Texas county executive? Pod’s right: the continued

viability of his presidency depends on how he handles this thing. It will

take nothing for the “Bush doesn’t care” meme to circulate through the

culture, especially as desperate Louisiana people start to grumble about all

the Louisiana National Guardsmen serving over in Iraq instead of helping

their own families and neighbors who have nothing.

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