September 5, 2005

Finally, A Plan!

White House Enacts a Plan to Ease Political Damage (New York Times, registration required)

Whew! Its good to know there’s a plan for something.

In a reflection of what has long been a hallmark of Mr. Rove’s tough political style, the administration is also working to shift the blame away from the White House and toward officials of New Orleans and Louisiana who, as it happens, are Democrats.

The citizens of the affected areas are reportedly relieved to know that help is finally coming to stabilize the political situation, and that matters will be in the capable hands of Karl Rove.

Posted by James at September 5, 2005 7:12 PM
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Perhaps Rove should reveal the name of the CIA agent that controls the weather.

Posted by: Julie at September 6, 2005 9:18 AM

Hey! He didn't reveal ANYONE'S *name*.

So, the solution is to sustain the sick, hungry, and thirsty with public appearances?

Posted by: briwei at September 6, 2005 4:37 PM

Oh, good point, Bri. Well, he could reveal the name of the CIA agent's *spouse*... which of course is *completely different.*

I heard Barbara Bush thinks that the refugees are enjoying the Astrodome so much that they probably won't want to go home again, because Houston and its people are so much better than what they are used to.

Yeah, right, Babs. Don't waste any of your "beautiful mind" on rational thought.

Posted by: Julie at September 6, 2005 5:08 PM

Are you serious? Well, she certainly has managed to shed her motherly image...

Posted by: briwei at September 6, 2005 9:13 PM

As Nixon described her "she knows how to hate."

Really, he said that. Of course, he was saying he admired her for it.

Posted by: James at September 6, 2005 9:19 PM

I am serious. She said it was working very well for them, compared to what they are used to.

I miss Nixon.

Posted by: Julie at September 7, 2005 8:57 AM

"As a result, Americans watching television coverage of the disaster this weekend began to see, amid the destruction and suffering, some of the most prominent members of the administration - Richard B. Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Donald H. Rumsfeld, the secretary of defense; and Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state - touring storm-damaged communities."

This was, of course, after Condi attended "Spamalot" while people were in the thorws of one of the--if not the--worst national disasters in the history of this country. I do not care if she didn't have anything specific to do that could have helped; have a sense of propriety, woman! Don't give the appearance of behaving like Marie Antoinette.

Here's the picture on Broadway.com, with a caption that may be sarcasm or may be stupidity--I can't tell.

http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Photo_Op.aspx?ci=517286

Posted by: Patti M. at September 7, 2005 10:47 AM

More of the same old from Bush and buddies, it just took them a while longer to push the blame. You can see fox news starting to pick up on it as well. Hopefully, the public finally sees through the smoke and heads start rolling.

Posted by: Matt at September 7, 2005 11:59 AM

I wouldn't expect much fallout for Bush on this, or anything else. It doesn't matter if a few thousand babies die as long as abortion becomes illegal. I already had to listen to one conservative telling me that the Democrats should shut up about Katrina because they couldn't have handled it any better.

Posted by: Chuck S. at September 7, 2005 2:39 PM

Bush is more Teflon than Gotti, the Teflon Don!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 7, 2005 4:15 PM

Ah, here is a snopes article about the ever-thoughtful Barbara Bush's comments.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/barbara2.asp

Posted by: Julie at September 8, 2005 3:04 PM

There's her beautiful mind at work again!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 8, 2005 3:18 PM

McClellan tried to excuse it by implying that she was just repeating what she heard from the displaced people themselves.

I'm sure people were rushing up to her and saying "this is better than usual!"

Morons.

Posted by: James at September 8, 2005 3:27 PM

Those two Barbara Bush quotes on Snopes are amazing. She should know better than that.

Posted by: Mike at September 8, 2005 9:49 PM

Did everyone catch the wonderful moment yesterday when some reporter was talking to Cheney (who miraculously reappeared after the worst is over again) live and someone shouts "Go F**K yourself Mr. Cheney" on live TV?? I almost sprayed my Strongbow all over the living room.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at September 9, 2005 8:04 AM

An astounding and extremely satisfying news clip if ever there was one!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 9, 2005 8:16 AM

It made the Daily Show, too. :)

Posted by: Julie at September 9, 2005 8:45 AM

Sadly, I missed that. Ooo - I'll have to catch the repeat Daily Show tonight.

Posted by: James at September 9, 2005 8:59 AM

Here's Dick, making a witty comment. What a card!

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/12594945.htm

"One passer-by shouted the same vulgar phrase to Cheney that the vice president himself had used on the Senate floor in a celebrated and heated exchanged in June 2004 with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

"'First time I've heard it,' Cheney joked with reporters when asked if he was hearing such sentiments a lot."

Posted by: Patti M. at September 9, 2005 9:14 AM

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