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Jon8503 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 06:51 AM
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While they were dying in NO; Bush, Lott Other leaders more concerned
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Edited on Sat Sep-10-05 06:52 AM by Jon8503
about PR or their own selves it appears to me: If Bush cared, he should have fired Brown himself & sent him packing, what the hell does it take; the guy let many people die thru his incompetence. These people are unbelievable.

Mr. Bush, characteristically, did not officially dismiss Mr. Brown, instead calling him back to Washington to run FEMA while a crisis-tested Coast Guard commander, Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen, was given oversight of the relief effort. The take-charge Admiral Allen, who commanded the Coast Guard's response up and down the Atlantic Seaboard after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, immediately appeared on television as the public face of the administration's response.


For a time, Mr. Lott did not directly criticize Mr. Brown or the federal response in public. "My mama didn't raise no idiot," he joked on Capitol Hill last week. "I ain't going to bite the hand that's trying to save me."

One prominent African-American supporter of Mr. Bush who is close to Karl Rove, the White House political chief, said the president did not go into the heart of New Orleans and meet with black victims on his first trip there, last Friday, because he knew that White House officials were "scared to death" of the reaction.

"If I'm Karl, do I want the visual of black people hollering at the president as if we're living in Rwanda?" said the supporter, who spoke only anonymously because he did not want to antagonize Mr. Rove.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/10/national/nationalspec...

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