What did he know and when did he know it?

Just wondering about how one particular segment of our population might tell the Hurricane Rita story...

It was doomed to make history. A Category 5 hurricane, they said. Local, state and federal government officials all said the same thing: get out. Get out now.

They followed orders. Some gathered family; others, friends. The goal: to get out before Hurricane Rita hit land. Sitting for hours in virtually stopped traffic, many ran out of gas.
Some died. The chaos was tolerated because of the fear of being left behind, the fear of a repeat of the Katrina disaster.

Just as the government led the people of New Orleans astray, they did it again. This time along with Texas officials. What did they know about Rita and when did they know it? Was this really about making sure people were safe? Or, was it the federal government flexing its muscles, overcompensating in its attempt to save face? A photo op?

Did he not do his job as president by giving the people of Texas ALL the information he had available to him? Apparently, this is typical fare for the Bush Administration: self-absorption. Bush doesn't care about the people in Houston. It's Midland that he loves. If it were Midland, we would have seen whole new freeways built in time to ensure an easy and safe evacuation process and/or an immediate report that the hurricane would not be as devastating as predicted.

He was sleeping on the job, yet again...'08 can't get here fast enough.

I hope it's obvious that I'm being facetious and sarcastic about the tone that some in the mainstream media take when it comes to the president. I would like to think that the accusations I make above are over-the-top. However, if you read/heard the way some Bush-haters addressed the Katrina situation, this is the typical fare.


At 9/26/2005 07:41:00 AM, Blogger Greyhawk said...

Um, unless I'm mistaken, Rita came ashore as a strong Cat 3, no? And the damage it did do was extensive. If they had not evacuated, thousands would have died. New Orleans Ward Nine is under water again. What would have happened if those people had come back and started doing clean up?

I'm no fan of Bush, but you can't blame the weather on the President.

At 9/26/2005 12:08:00 PM, Blogger Weekend Fisher said...

Greyhawk is correct, it made landfall as a cat 3.

And hey, I was one of the people who evacuated. I was under a mandatory evacuation order. Those of us who have been in hurricane country for any length of time know full well that storms change strength and change course. We're all eager for the day when the predictions are sound enough that landstrike probabilities 3 days out are over 50% certainty, because 3 days in advance is when you need to start evacuations of a city of any size. Right now the predictions just aren't that accurate. And, for Bush-haters, I should mention that one of the main forecasting models is British-developed, though others are American-developed; they all yielded comparable results. The biggest problem with the evacuation was that for every one person ordered to evacuate, two people left. On my way out of the low-lying coastal marsh where I live, I saw ghost towns as far as 70 miles inland (which is where I stayed). The people 30, 40, even 70 miles inland who evacuated should have stayed put. It would have helped traffic a lot.

At 9/26/2005 03:35:00 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I got your point, Lores. Cute humor!

I read another blog that said we were lied to about the "storm" of mass destruction. It was a funny piece making comparisons to weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Your part about Bush hating those from Houston really hit the mark. The thing is, what you wrote isn't any more ridiculous than what was said after Katrina.

At 9/26/2005 04:04:00 PM, Blogger William said...

There's really no way to please the illogical liberals (nor the illogical conservatives for that matter). I really like what greyhawk says.

Lores, you have a great point. As Bill O'Reilly says: "The spin tops here, because we're looking out for you."

At 9/26/2005 04:59:00 PM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

During Hurricane Charley last year, President Bush was criticized for responding to quickly. Back then, his haters were suspicious it was for political reasons. No matter what he does, those who don't like him will always be suspicious of his motives. After all, we know what a morally stand up guy President Clinton was.

I think it is possible that we over-responded after the Katrina Hurricane. Who wouldn't, after the hysteria and finger-pointing from the armchair first responders?

I'm listening to Dennis Prager right now, who is mentioning in his first hour an article in the Times-Picayune. I'm going to look it up, as it sounds interesting, regarding the media hysteria now that the facts are pouring in.

At 9/26/2005 05:01:00 PM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I meant "too quickly".

I hate making spelling errors.

At 9/27/2005 03:30:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

What scares me is the fact that President Bush is now suggesting that the Government be the first responders on a national emergency.

That by itself is not so bad, but announcing that after his detractors insist the government was too slow to respond to Katrina just gives the left more ammunition with which to attack him.

At 9/27/2005 03:31:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Federal government, I mean.

At 9/27/2005 04:54:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

Greyhawk and Weekend Fisher: i apologize if i was not more clear. this post was a jab at the media, not Bush.


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