Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I guess we sort of owe the folks of New Orleans an apology

I think I can be helpful when it comes to what did President Bush know about Hurricane Katrina and when did he know it.

As you may have read, President Bush stated a couple days after the levees in New Orleans breached that there was no way he could know the levees were going to go.

It now turns out that Homeland Security sent a warning to the White House before the hurricane that the levees would likely fail.

You're asking, how can these two statements be reconciled?

The fact is, we who work in the White House don't like to deliver bad news to the President. He plain doesn't like to get bad news. He's spending 8 hours a day, 5 days a week focused on the War on Terror and mountain biking, so he doesn't want to hear about other bad things.

Generally, we deliver bad news to Vice President Cheney who usually says, "What the f--k is this s--t?"

It could be bad news about an impending hurricane or job losses or indictments. The Vice President then says, "Drop that s--t into my f--king in-basket and I'll get around to it."

I suppose the Homeland Security report made it to Vice President Cheney's in-basket but because the Vice President is so busy with his heart attacks and looking for countries to invade, he probably didn't get around to the New Orleans situation until after the hurricane hit.

As you can see, President Bush has been completely truthful in stating he was totally unaware of what was happening in New Orleans as he's unaware of bad things happening in most of the country. The President is a very sensitive, compassionate conservative. If Americans want to have an optimistic, up-beat President who leads though positivity, then it's essential that he continue to be protected from bad news.

The incident in New Orleans was unfortunate. Perhaps if Scooter Libby wasn't wrapped up in his indictment, someone might have spotted the hurricane report. But really, you can't expect the President to be aware of every detail of what comes and goes through the White House.

Although I don't speak for the administration, I'm sure most of the people who work at the White House are sorry for the mix up although as you can see, it's really no one's fault.


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