September 8, 2005 11:38 am

Isn’t He Gone Yet?

:note: A Perfect Circle – “The Hollow”

I haven’t done any political posts in a while, not only because I don’t like being pissed off all the time, but because I don’t have TV and therefore sometimes feel like I don’t know what I’m talking about. However, Here’s What Gets Me pretty much sums up how I feel about Bush’s response to the hurricane.

Some people (on that site and on others) have been saying things like, “What do you want, omnipotence?” “You’re trying to fault him for not emoting ‘properly'” “He’s being stoic. I’d prefer stoic than panicked.” and “I’d rather see a public leader handle the situation with dignity rather than being a puddle on the floor.”

My take on that? I don’t expect omnipotence. I expected him to act like this was real, and real assistance was needed (ie, when declaring federal emergency assistance, not choosing only those parishes least likely to be affected) .

As Jen said in Cecily’s blog,

That’s exactly it. Fault & blame aside, he smirked and swaggered and made jokes (and worried about his fricking friend’s fricking porch) while people were DYING. He acted like the lives of those people starving and hurting meant less than nothing to him personally. Whatever people want to say about state and local response, at least we could tell that the mayor and the congresspeople and the governor were upset, that they were AWARE of the death and destruction, and cared that something was done about it.

My sentiments exactly. Stoic or no stoic (god I hate that word), there should have been something there. The dictionary definition of the word basically means indifferent to emotions – he certainly seems to show other emotions pretty well.

I don’t know. This is all so, so awful. How much more will it take until people realize he’s not cut out for this?

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