September 03, 2005

This Dubya photo-op about takes the cake.

It beats out his strutting around in that flight suit by miles.

Check out this excerpt from a press release by US senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, which we found here, on the website for KTAL television:

But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment. The good and decent people of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast — black and white, rich and poor, young and old — deserve far better from their national government.

Landrieu also laid into Dubya for not yet having appointed a cabinet-level official to oversee Katrina relief and recovery work, and blasted FEMA for refusing yet more offers of aid:

I understand that the U.S. Forest Service had water-tanker aircraft available to help douse the fires raging on our riverfront, but FEMA has yet to accept the aid. When Amtrak offered trains to evacuate significant numbers of victims — far more efficiently than buses — FEMA again dragged its feet. Offers of medicine, communications equipment and other desperately needed items continue to flow in, only to be ignored by the agency.

For more FEMA incompetency, see this post at Magpie.

Posted by Magpie at September 3, 2005 05:48 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |