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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-28-06 03:16 PM
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39. Apparently no one on his staff wants to give him any bad news,
so it's a miracle that he learned about Katrina at all. Helen Thomas wrote:

"I don't know of many brave White House staffers willing to risk the president's anger by dishing him the bad news.

Instead, Bush is spoon-fed the relevant news from his staff. Top aides usually know the buttons not to push when it comes to bad news. More often they will tell the president what he wants to hear -- the good news if there is any. Or they may just sugar coat the news that is tougher to swallow."

The rest of the column is here:

She nails it.

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  -BUSH:I Didn't Know Victims Suffering-Until I Saw Them Screaming on TV! kpete  Feb-28-06 02:46 PM   #0 
  - The incompetence of this man is beyond comprehension  SeattleGirl   Feb-28-06 02:47 PM   #1 
  - You believe this lie? Which other lies of his /theirs do you believe?  RazzleDazzle   Feb-28-06 05:27 PM   #68 
  - He's probably telling the truth!  Norquist Nemesis   Mar-01-06 03:32 PM   #84 
  - VIDEO clip of that bit  liveoaktx   Feb-28-06 07:08 PM   #74 
  - let them eat cake? you elitist hearless bastard. you DID nothing  bullimiami   Feb-28-06 02:48 PM   #2 
  - How pitiful  TallahasseeGrannie   Feb-28-06 02:48 PM   #3 
  - He sure as hell didn't see them from his airplane seat. At some point  The_Casual_Observer   Feb-28-06 02:48 PM   #4 
  - And no matter how many times  fiveleafclover   Feb-28-06 03:27 PM   #49 
  - I still can't get over the fact that he wasn't apprised of what was going  babylonsister   Feb-28-06 02:48 PM   #5 
  - "A lot went right, by the way. "  sabra   Feb-28-06 02:49 PM   #6 
  - The billions they have spent on Homeland security....  MadMaddie   Feb-28-06 02:49 PM   #7 
  - Couldn't the White House shell out the extra  fiveleafclover   Feb-28-06 03:29 PM   #51 
     - He...he...actually I hear they are currently  MadMaddie   Feb-28-06 03:39 PM   #57 
  - That must have been the DVD they had to burn for him on THURSDAY!  Pirate Smile   Feb-28-06 02:49 PM   #8 
  - yes on THURSDAY  leftchick   Feb-28-06 02:55 PM   #17 
  - His "aides" didn't want to make him feel "upset" before thursday.  Amonester   Feb-28-06 03:14 PM   #36 
     - They were afraid to tell him his vacation had to end two days early  Stephanie   Feb-28-06 03:23 PM   #45 
        - In case anybody missed it (not you, of course) here is the Newsweek  Pirate Smile   Feb-28-06 05:59 PM   #71 
  - That's Not All  momster   Feb-28-06 09:06 PM   #81 
  - Is this The Onion?  izzie   Feb-28-06 02:50 PM   #9 
  - Don't we wish  fiveleafclover   Feb-28-06 03:31 PM   #53 
  - He heard about it on TV..... That's just plain pathetic.  pinto   Feb-28-06 02:51 PM   #10 
  - Apparently no one on his staff wants to give him any bad news,  Arkansas Granny   Feb-28-06 03:16 PM   #39 
     - She does  Marie26   Feb-28-06 03:30 PM   #52 
  - Comforting people?  Warpy   Feb-28-06 02:51 PM   #11 
  - Comforting? What a hypocrite. He is doing all he can to block any  mom cat   Feb-28-06 03:22 PM   #43 
  - Glad I'm not the only one who caught that.  ieoeja   Feb-28-06 03:28 PM   #50 
  - sorry, but I don't want to know that. I'll be mad for days  madokie   Feb-28-06 07:29 PM   #76 
  - That man lies better than a two-dollar watch n/t  buddyhollysghost   Feb-28-06 02:52 PM   #12 
  - Ain't that the truth. He is truly pond scum and totally despicable.  mohinoaklawnillinois   Feb-28-06 02:57 PM   #25 
  - "Our government could have done a better job"  gratuitous   Feb-28-06 02:53 PM   #13 
  - Right, now it's "our" government.  Gidney N Cloyd   Feb-28-06 03:04 PM   #27 
     - When it comes to taking blame for something, yes  fiveleafclover   Feb-28-06 03:35 PM   #54 
  - Could he be any more shallow, display any more callousness?  Blue State Native   Feb-28-06 02:53 PM   #14 
  - Yeah--he has his finger on the pulse of the USA.  myrna minx   Feb-28-06 02:54 PM   #15 
  - Is it 'our' government or 'my' government, Mr. *? The other day it was  jean   Feb-28-06 02:54 PM   #16 
  - Has anyone told Bush about Iraq, yet?  Gregorian   Feb-28-06 02:55 PM   #18 
  - Bullshit!  Dr. Jones   Feb-28-06 02:55 PM   #19 
  - Shame shame shame  Generator   Feb-28-06 02:55 PM   #20 
  - Ya know, this excuse is really pretty stupid. There's a well used legal  napi21   Feb-28-06 02:56 PM   #21 
  - "Could have done a better job of comforting people"???  Webster Green   Feb-28-06 02:56 PM   #22 
  - guess he has not caught onto the lessons in "Lessons Learned"  rodeodance   Feb-28-06 02:56 PM   #23 
  - "And I STILL ignored them." nt  Bluebear   Feb-28-06 02:57 PM   #24 
  - He claimed that he saw that first plane on 09/11/2001  shain from kane   Feb-28-06 02:59 PM   #26 
  - The "Know Nothing" Prez.  Disturbed   Feb-28-06 03:15 PM   #37 
  - better than woefull - another snippet...  kpete   Feb-28-06 03:04 PM   #28 
  - Nothing went right.  CottonBear   Feb-28-06 03:05 PM   #29 
  - Ditto  Janice325   Feb-28-06 07:07 PM   #73 
  - So He Didn't Know Drowning In A Flood Was A Bad Thing?  ProfessorGAC   Feb-28-06 03:07 PM   #30 
  - It has no reality unless it happens to him. Complete absence of empathy.  TahitiNut   Feb-28-06 03:23 PM   #44 
     - That Is, Undoubtedly, The Root Of This Behavior  ProfessorGAC   Feb-28-06 03:24 PM   #47 
  - HE DIDN'T SEE TV COVERAGE UNTIL THURSDAY NIGHT  Stephanie   Feb-28-06 03:09 PM   #31 
  - H_E_L_L_O.......  Ecumenist   Feb-28-06 04:51 PM   #65 
  - That stupid fuck  HeeBGBz   Feb-28-06 03:10 PM   #32 
  - Lying sack of shit! n/t  datadiva   Feb-28-06 03:11 PM   #33 
  - This is worse then his father and the Supermarket scanners  DoYouEverWonder   Feb-28-06 03:11 PM   #34 
  - Who is running this country?  savemefromdumbya   Feb-28-06 03:12 PM   #35 
  - So out of touch with real life.  Infomaniac   Feb-28-06 03:15 PM   #38 
  - Exactly.  CrazyOrangeCat   Feb-28-06 03:21 PM   #42 
  - The entire world knew more about what was happening . . .  CrazyOrangeCat   Feb-28-06 03:17 PM   #40 
  - Did nobody in this administration turn on a t.v. ?  Catchawave   Feb-28-06 03:21 PM   #41 
  - NO!!! They were all on VACATION!  Stephanie   Feb-28-06 03:24 PM   #48 
     - Even I check in at home frequently when I'm on  Catchawave   Feb-28-06 03:45 PM   #59 
        - Well yes, of course he was near a command center and tv  Stephanie   Feb-28-06 04:19 PM   #62 
           - That's my take on it......  Catchawave   Feb-28-06 04:25 PM   #64 
  - Wasn't that just about the same time the Queen Mother  VaYallaDawg   Feb-28-06 03:23 PM   #46 
  - No, that was weeks later, after they'd been evacuated  Stephanie   Feb-28-06 03:38 PM   #56 
     - OK, thanks for clarification, Steph.  VaYallaDawg   Feb-28-06 03:40 PM   #58 
  - Bush is now officially the "50 first dates" president  EOO   Feb-28-06 03:37 PM   #55 
  - oh no!  flblu2   Feb-28-06 04:06 PM   #60 
  - "unsettling"? That's it? Okay -- "very unsettling" ....  Lisa   Feb-28-06 04:11 PM   #61 
  - Gvts job is NOT "Comforting people" you POS  uppityperson   Feb-28-06 04:22 PM   #63 
  - HFPOFC!  sakabatou   Feb-28-06 05:12 PM   #66 
  - Look at this passage from the interview:  tblue37   Feb-28-06 05:20 PM   #67 
  - "happened to have better situational awareness than the government"  Lisa   Feb-28-06 07:22 PM   #75 
  - Situational awareness ... catastrophic success  Sydnie   Mar-02-06 10:22 PM   #87 
  - And he watched 9/11 unfold on TV. Good thing it was invented!  WinkyDink   Feb-28-06 05:50 PM   #69 
  - and even after he knew, he didn't seem to give a shit  ComerPerro   Feb-28-06 05:51 PM   #70 
  - Thanks for the article.  Janice325   Feb-28-06 07:06 PM   #72 
  - He's highlighting the PANIC not the Sorrow,  EC   Feb-28-06 08:37 PM   #77 
  - I just checked the Katrina timeline ... Wow!!!  Kablooie   Feb-28-06 08:46 PM   #78 
  - Most of the scandals have been to complicated for...  Disturbed   Feb-28-06 08:54 PM   #79 
  - I believe him  Raine   Feb-28-06 08:59 PM   #80 
  - We ALL knew but Bush. How fucking pitiful!  katinmn   Mar-01-06 02:10 PM   #82 
  - "I didn't know 9/11 was a bad thing until 7 minutes into "My Pet Goat"  Rocknrule   Mar-01-06 03:26 PM   #83 
  - He's a clinical psychopath.  rucky   Mar-01-06 03:41 PM   #85 
  - He's so full of crap his eyes should be brown  Penndems   Mar-01-06 03:43 PM   #86 

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