He’s an anchor on CNN, and he says that this relief effort is the most badly bungled job that he’s seen in his lifetime. As I read more and more and watch thousands stranded without food or water, I’m beginning to agree with him.
He also reads a recent editorial, on air, from the conservative Manchester Union Leader:
AS THE EXTENT of Hurricane KatrinaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s devastation became clearer on Tuesday ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? millions without power, tens of thousands homeless, a death toll unknowable because rescue crews canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t reach some regions ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? President Bush carried on with his plans to speak in San Diego, as if nothing important had happened the day before.
Katrina already is measured as one of the worst storms in American history. And yet, President Bush decided that his plans to commemorate the 60th anniversary of VJ Day with a speech were more pressing than responding to the carnage.
A better leader would have flown straight to the disaster zone and announced the immediate mobilization of every available resource to rescue the stranded, find and bury the dead, and keep the survivors fed, clothed, sheltered and free of disease.
The cool, confident, intuitive leadership Bush exhibited in his first term, particularly in the months immediately following Sept. 11, 2001, has vanished. In its place is a diffident detachment unsuitable for the leader of a nation facing war, natural disaster and economic uncertainty.
Wherever the old George W. Bush went, we sure wish we had him back.
Watch Jack Cafferty and tell me what you think.