Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Spinning Death

As evidence mounts of the Bush administration's utter incompetence in dealing with Katrina, the White House is in a frenzy of spin, attempting to blame the mayor of New Orleans, the governor of Louisiana, and even the victims themselves for FEMA's failings.

An interesting confluence of headlines today. From AP comes a story entitled White House: Leave Blame Game for Later.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Criticized for its sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina, the White House said Tuesday that ``we're not going to engage in the blame game'' but instead would keep its focus on rescue and recovery efforts across the heavily battered Gulf Coast.

The "blame game" is used interchageably with the dreaded "pointing fingers" by Bush apologists, including former president Clinton.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that - oops! - the White House is indeed very much engaged in the "blame game" in a piece entitled White House Enacts a Plan to Ease Political Damage (a "plan" you see, is different from a "game").

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 - Under the command of President Bush's two senior political advisers, the White House rolled out a plan this weekend to contain the political damage from the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina.

It orchestrated visits by cabinet members to the region, leading up to an extraordinary return visit by Mr. Bush planned for Monday, directed administration officials not to respond to attacks from Democrats on the relief efforts, and sought to move the blame for the slow response to Louisiana state officials, according to Republicans familiar with the White House plan.

When the Bush apologists aren't blaming state officials, they're blaming the victims of their incompetence by faux outrage that poor, elderly, or infirm African-Americans didn't have cars, or credit cards to finance hotel stays, or ready cash for plane tickets to evacuate New Orleans. This is the low tactic of sheer desperation, repulsive to an extreme, but the immorality of this particular "blame game" doesn't stop Republicans such as Larry King.

If you've flipped over to Larry King Live in the past few days, you were treated to the stomach-churning sight of King speaking in a slow, patronizing voice - the manner in which you'd speak to an idiot, or a small dense child - whenever he spoke to a displaced African-American at the Houston Astrodome. His first words to every single African-American he spoke to were, without exception, "Why did you stay?". These people, already brutalized by the government's lack of response, were further brutalized by King demanding them to put aside all pride, all dignity, and confess to being poor on national television. Never have I seen the Bush apologists sink so low, and you can find similar examples throughout cable television.

The public chiding and ridiculing of the poor continued over the weekend with former First Lady Barbara Bush saying in a radio interview that "it's sort of scary" that many former residents of New Orleans might permanently relocate to Texas, leaving one to wonder if it's "sort of scary" because they're poor and black or because many are Democrats. Pathetic enough, but she went on to say that "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway (chuckles), so this is working very well for them." Yes, you old pseudo-royal bitch, I'm sure that these poor blacks who have lost homes and the lives of family members and friends, who were left to die on a New Orleans sidewalk by your son, who are left with nothing are just sitting around plotting how to scam the system - which is exactly what she was inferring with her crude comments. To even think that victims of a major disaster and the criminal negligence of our government have things "working very well for them" is perverted, especially given that the only reason Barbara Bush isn't one of those desperate unfortunates she despises is that she married into a wealthy crime family.


Blogger Flippy said...

That Barbara, she sure is a prize.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

She's a devil in disguise.

See what she spawned.

12:50 PM  

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