Thursday, October 25, 2007

Bush to world: "SoCal is white!"

By Carl

No, he didn't really say that, but you have to know it's part of the subtext...

Determined to avoid the mistakes made with Hurricane Katrina, U.S. President George W. Bush toured fire-ravaged Southern California on Thursday and promised to do everything possible to help the region recover.


Bush brushed aside comparisons between the federal response to Katrina and the California wildfires.

"There's all kinds of time for historians to compare this response or that response," he said. "I'm thinking about people whose lives turned upside down. The experts can try to figure out if the response was perfect."

However, Bush is notorious for his lack of... enthusiasm when it comes to history and historians, probably because he realizes that when history is written, the Bush name will be at best a footnote.

There's a much bigger issue at stake in comparing this to Katrina: in addition to the socioeconomic issues, Bush had a comparatively leisurely time here to respond. After all, from the time Katrina re-formed in the Gulf of Mexico and was clearly aiming dead center at New Orleans, there was a window of about 24 to 36 hours.

Not nearly as much time to be seen as not doing anything.

The wildfires, however, had been burning for about a week before the magnitude of the problem became critically apparent to even a dumbshit like George W. This meant that he had to at least give the appearance of doing something or suffer a tsunami of criticism.

Oops. Another disaster he was slow on the uptake to react to, and involving non-white poor folks!

You don't think... maybe... he's just a stinkin' bigot, do you?

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