Sunday, October 02, 2005

Presidential Flight of Mental Illness and Incompetence

I caught these two gems listening to the nerds on the early morning nerd news show.

There are few presidents in our history more lost than that. (Laughter.) For him to find this desperate pathway from Katrina, from lives lost because of government mishandling of the hurricane that hit New Orleans, to get a path from there to his war on terror and somehow link the hurricane to al Qaeda is as large a possible flight of mental illness as we've seen in the president.

Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC
Comments on George Bush comparing the hurricanes to terrorism.

John, the president's reputation for strong, decisive, engaged leadership suffered as bad as New Orleans did from Katrina. I don't think he's ever going to recover what he once had. And it's being used against him by his adversaries as a metaphor for incompetence in the entire administration, and I think he's been permanently damaged by it.

Patrick Buchanan, MSNBC

Check out this next quote from Brian Williams of NBC that I caught off of Matty Fred. It sorta reminds me of stories of Catherine the Great taking her tours of the painted peasant towns in Russia. This is the second time the Prez has reminded me of this particular Czar.

I am duty-bound to report the talk of the New Orleans warehouse district last night: there was rejoicing (well, there would have been without the curfew, but the few people I saw on the streets were excited) when the power came back on for blocks on end. Kevin Tibbles was positively jubilant on the live update edition of Nightly News that we fed to the West Coast. The mini-mart, long ago cleaned out by looters, was nonetheless bathed in light, including the empty, roped-off gas pumps. The motorcade route through the district was partially lit no more than 30 minutes before POTUS drove through. And yet last night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to audible groans. It's enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed it... jump to certain conclusions.

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