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failure of leadership 
4th-Sep-2005 11:59 am
Greg Mitchell of Editor and Publisher has it half right. It's not just dereliction of duty, but criminal negligence. These people should be thrown in jail.

'My Pet Goat' -- The Sequel
This is not mere incompetence, but dereliction of duty. The press should call it by its proper name.

Adding insult (and starvation) to injury:

Times-Picayune / Saturday, September 03, 2005
Bush visit halts food delivery
By Michelle Krupa, Staff writer

Three tons of food ready for delivery by air to refugees in St. Bernard Parish and on Algiers Point sat on the Crescent City Connection bridge Friday afternoon as air traffic was halted because of President Bush’s visit to New Orleans, officials said.

The provisions, secured by U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, and state Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom, baked in the afternoon sun as Bush surveyed damage across southeast Louisiana five days after Katrina made landfall as a Category 4 storm, said Melancon's chief of staff, Casey O'Shea.

"We had arrangements to airlift food by helicopter to these folks, and now the food is sitting in trucks because they won't let helicopters fly," O’Shea said Friday afternoon.

The food was expected to be in the hands of storm survivors after the president left the devastated region Friday night, he said.
4th-Sep-2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
Just more proof that this administration cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. I'm stunned that they could not find a way to have the President be in Louisiana AND fly relief helicopters at the same time.

Gee, you'd think they had no idea how to operate a relief effort.

Oh yea, they don't.

What we need is to have the people effected, their families, friends, and supporters all go to Washington. We should stand around the White House and demand nothing less than the resignation of the President and his entire cabinet.
5th-Sep-2005 12:12 am (UTC)
I'd love to see that happen, though who gets to be president if they all resign? I'm not too sanguine about the idea of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert as president!
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