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Thursday, May 27, 2010

....and Nero fiddled while Rome burned.....

















President Obama, back when he was in campaign mode, described Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina as "unconscionable incompetence."

Are his words coming back to haunt him?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Much as I dislike the current administration's policies, I just don't think the "Obama's Katrina" narrative is credible or useful. IMHO it's better to stick to the very big issues that will be huge problems when this is all a dim memory. A good article in today's NYT by David Einhorn
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/27/opinion/27einhorn.html?ref=opinion
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John Craig said...

Yes, Einhorn is a very bright -- and successful -- guy. I hadn't known that stuff about why it benefits the government to measure inflation as lower than it is.

As far as "Obama's Katrina" goes, the reason this situation tickles me is because it shows the great hypocrisy of the liberal press, which took such great glee in blaming Bush for Katrina, but have just been deadly silent on this matter, where the administration is much more blameworthy. Plus it's hypocritical for the administration to say -- as they said today -- that they've been in control since day One when it's obvious they've done next to nothing about this mess so far.

Anonymous said...

The reality is that there is f**k all the administration can do about this - even Obama the magic can't swim down 2,000 feet and fix up a blowout preventer under 2,000psi of pressure with his handy dandy pocket wrench. The best they can do is beat on BP and pray that they fix it...and then take credit. But they have to pretend they are in control.
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John Craig said...

True. But again, it's the hypocrisy that gets to me: how many times did we hear during the campaign that this was going to be the most transparent administration in history, when it's turned out to be the opposite. I heard Napolitano on the TV today saying that the administration was on top of this from the outset, which is just a blatant lie.

And did you hear the latest, with Joe Sestak having been offered a job with the administration in return for not running against Specter? He admitted it at first, now Sestak and the White House are stonewalling and refusing to give any details. Doesn't sound so open and transparent to me.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more. It took them all of 2 minutes to backtrack on their commitment to reform the lobbying culture in DC. I also loved Obama's "John, we're not campaigning now" comment to McCain when McCain challenged him on his campaign promises during the health care debate. Sestak is more of the same - I hope the grubby dealing is fully exposed. Now some really juicy revelations in the Blago trial - that would be karma.
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John Craig said...

Amen.

It's been Chicago politics all the way, gussied up with the hope and change mantra. It seems to be true that the more a candidate or politician speaks in generalities rather than specifics, the more full of it he is.

At least we know Obama's only going to be a one term President.

Anonymous said...

Maybe.....he's a very likable guy with a beaming smile, cute kids and a nice dog...
Blair and Brown survived 13 years of smiling socialist death spiral in Britain.
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John Craig said...

That beaming smile is starting to get on my nerves, as you can tell from the previous post, and I suspect that others are starting to feel the same way. I also get the impression that the electorate is starting to wake up to the fact that they were sold a false bill of goods.

The cute kids aren't going to do him any good either if he continues to use them as props as he did in his speech today ("My daughter asked me, Daddy, have you plugged that hole yet." -- oh, how cute).

Who knows, two and a half years is along time in politics, maybe the nice dog will save him.

Anonymous said...

The mainstream media addresses this crisis with a polite concern and soft spoken horror at the damage being done.

My guess is that if GW Bush were in office the mainstream press would be screaming 24/7 about what and incompetent moron Bush is, and all the Republicans too. There would be outrage that the Government hasn't stepped in and solved the problem. The fact that there's nothing the Government can do about the problem would be irrelevant.

Meanwhile the Obama administration officials have falsely claimed that they're all over this problem from day one - and that gets blank acceptance from the mainstream media.

The gulf oil disaster might not rank high on the list of Obama's policies and decisions that are ruining the US's future. But the Leftist / Democrat media's softball treatment of Obama and his administration on the gulf oil disaster illustrate a major piece of what put the man in office in the first place. And that is an ongoing outrage.

- Ed

John Craig said...

Ed --
You are 100%, absolutely on the money. Thanks for your comment.