WASHINGTON, D.C.—What is going on in the United States? Why
won’t Bush take decisive action in the Hurricane Katrina disaster and send in the military? He has control of the world’s mightiest military machine—thousands of planes, trucks, boats, expertly trained men and women. Where are these people? How can the National Guard be so close to providing help, as the public is told, yet still there are people dying on the sidewalks of a major city?
Where has the Congress been? Why has it taken so long to call an emergency session? Why can’t the federal government act?
Look back at Bush as the crisis gathered: He sits on his ranch. Over and over, his government issues dire warnings of the hurricane that is coming. The mayor of New Orleans starts the evacuation. Bush sits there, still on vacation. The storm strikes. Still he sits there. Then he acts. What does he do? He extends a helping hand to the oil industry, releasing some oil from the reserves and cutting pollution control. But the price of gas rises to even higher levels. The industry need more profits. Only in America can an industrial giant get away with saying there’s a shortage when they’re swimming in surplus. And Bush? For him, it’s one more payoff to his campaign contributors.
And the people of New Orleans? They sit on the baking rooftops and sidewalks. No water. No food. No help.
Then Bush acts again. He is decisive. On Wednesday, he gets in his plane and flies—flies real low, okay?—over the devastation. And then he goes to Washington and, as the
papers say, “mobilizes” the rescue effort. He says:
“It is so devastating that it is hard to describe it. Nine-eleven was a manmade attack. This was a natural
“New Orleans is more devastated than New York—
and just physically devastated as is the coast of
Mississippi, so we’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ll
get it done.”
How would he know? Bush was sitting in a bunker
under a cornfield on 9-11 while New York organized its
He would not go to New York on that day. And now
the best he can do is look out the window of his plane
at the hurricane. His government says he’d like to
visit—maybe even tomorrow—but the White House wants to make sure the president doesn’t impede the rescue effort.
So he sits in the White House while the people he
governs, the people of the South, die in the heat
because they can’t get a glass of water in the
wealthiest country of the world. No wonder there are
The president mocks us all.