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Friday, September 16, 2005

Daily Nightly: A trick of the light?

Via TPM - Brian Williams:
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.
So, why is this not being reported on the Nightly News and elsewhere? It's bad enough that this potemkin president does these things... it is worse that the nation is not informed.

The same thing happened with the levee reconstruction... when Bush was in town for a photo-op, there was all manner of activity. The next day, all gone. When Bush was visiting Biloxi, there was a relief station set up and manned with all manner of relief workers. As soon as he left town for New Orleans... it was taken down.

The only thing that matters to the president and his administration is politics. Reality be damned. FEMA was not in disarray during the hurricanes that struck Florida just before the elections just last year. Quite the contrary, they were handing out handfuls of money to people who didn't even need it.

Bubble Boy did nothing about Katrina until it became painfully obvious that it was becoming a political problem for him. He just doesn't care unless it affects him.

Compassionate conservative my ass. Compassion requires empathy and this president has none.


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