Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Memo to President Bush

First, thank you for hinting Tuesday, at long last, that there exists even the slightest possibility that your administration may have fallen a millimeter or two short of absolute infallibility in at least one particular instance during the last four and a half years. Amazingly enough, in this environment in which it's news when a president admits he actually is answerable for what the federal government does, that constitutes progress.

Still, please know that your decision to announce publicly that you "take responsibility" "to the extent the federal government didn't fully do its job right" in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath wasn't any sort of bold leadership stroke or magnanimous gesture. As the federal government's chief executive, you already bore that responsibility regardless of whether you admitted it aloud.

4 Comments:

Blogger miyna said...

i am very happy to read this. thank you for your concise yet pointed remarks.

3:59 PM  
Blogger aladems said...

I had the exact same reaction. I wanted to give Bush credit too, but just couldn't after I actually listened to the video. That blew it. It was a cowardly copout, and was surely staged by Karl Rove.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Matt Collins said...

You have to remember, he's talking to a press that was spoiled by Clinton's sliver tongue for many years. They still don't to blame him for the economic down turn, eventhough it started during his last months in office. I'm sure there are a few out there that would like to claim it was Bush/Rove working ahead of schedule.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Neither the media nor Clinton is responsible for whether the Bush administration did or didn't "fully do its job right" in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

4:25 PM  

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