What a despicable little louse occupies the White House, shaming the nation by his mere presence there. Did you happen to catch the video of him touring the damage in California (causing additional suffering to the victims in the process)? I was particularly taken by one shot in which he was “comforting” a woman who lost her home to one of the fires. He was patting her on the back, trying with all his might to look compassionate. But the way he patted her was so obviously artificial that it looked more like a halfhearted effort to dislodge a piece of prune Danish caught in someone’s throat than a display of true sympathy.
That’s always been a problem for Bush, of course — he just can never do the compassion thing convincingly since he’s a man who’s largely incapable of true compassion. His heart bleeds only for oil companies.
But one thing he’s always capable of working up real enthusiasm for, of course, is political exploitation of tragedy. Thus, this little ditty:
BATON ROUGE –As the California wildfires continued to rage Thursday, so too did the political feud between President Bush and Gov. Kathleen Blanco that has smoldered since the federal government’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina.
The latest flare-up came when Bush, while touring the California disaster area, took an apparent swipe at Blanco’s post-Katrina leadership as he complimented California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“It makes a significant difference when you have somebody in the statehouse willing to take the lead,” Bush said, according to the Associated Press.
The president’s statement, coming from a White House that seems determined to avoid a repeat in California of the public-relations disaster that followed Katrina, brought a swift response from Blanco.
In a statement forwarded by her press office, Blanco noted that it took federal forces nearly a week to arrive in Louisiana after the storm. “I was the only game in town, leading for nearly a week without the president’s help,” Blanco said.
Yup, a class act that president of ours.