Liberals have taken the occasion of the opening of George W. Bush’s presidential library to indulge their burning hatred of our 43rd president, a seething rage that began after the Supreme Court refused to go along with Al Gore’s proposed recount of only those Florida counties dominated by Democrats, and which still burns white hot. The consensus among this unhinged bunch is that, despite a recent uptick in his approval rating, soon everyone will come to their collective senses and realize that, unquestionably, W was the worst president in U.S. history.
Lame stream media commentators praised Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for trying to be polite and avoid mentioning that obvious fact, or the specifics that prove that it’s true. For example, as the denizens of the 24/7 televised insane asylum, MS-NBC, discussed the library’s opening, Pres. Bush’s legacy, and his pathetic attempt to “rewrite history,” this was the caption this evening on a program on: “The Bush Legacy: 43‘s Real Record: Iraq, Torture and Katrina.”
I’m under no illusions about the ability of facts to persuade the sufferers of Bush Derangement Syndrome that they are in fact the ones viewing history through a very distorted prism, however, in the interest of truth, I feel compelled to set the record straight yet again. Pathological optimist that I am, I still believe that some liberals can be detoxed, so here goes.
Supposedly, Pres. Bush will be tarred with the shame of the incompetence, at best, and willful malfeasance demonstrated by his administration’s response to this September 2005 hurricane. Vapid entertainers bleated that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” Sen. Barack Obama echoed the words of ignorant comedian Bill Maher, and filmmaker Spike Lee even agreed with Louis Farrakhan that New Orleans’ levees were deliberately destroyed to flood the predominantly black 9th ward.
As fun as it must be for these ridiculous leftists to use this horrible natural disaster as a cudgel to pound Pres. Bush, their recollections about Katrina are reminiscent of what Pres. Ronald Reagan famously stated about the Left; specifically, “the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.” I might disagree with Pres. Reagan, since often they do seem very ignorant, but there’s no disputing the latter part of that statement, and the rewriting of history about Katrina is a perfect example.
Item from the Washington Post, September 4, 2005, a story that makes it clear that Gov. Kathleen Blanco clearly dropped the ball. George W. Bush and members of his administration desperately tried to get her to act, and she refused.
Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state’s emergency operations center said Saturday.
The administration sought unified control over all local police and state National Guard units reporting to the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request after talks throughout the night, concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. Some officials in the state suspected a political motive behind the request. “Quite frankly, if they’d been able to pull off taking it away from the locals, they then could have blamed everything on the locals,” said the source, who does not have the authority to speak publicly.
A senior administration official said that Bush has clear legal authority to federalize National Guard units to quell civil disturbances under the Insurrection Act and will continue to try to unify the chains of command that are split among the president, the Louisiana governor and the New Orleans mayor.
Louisiana did not reach out to a multi-state mutual aid compact for assistance until Wednesday, three state and federal officials said. As of Saturday, Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency, the senior Bush official said.
Then there’s this story from the National Geographic:
Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.
When did this calamity happen? It hasn’t — yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City. Even the Red Cross no longer opens hurricane shelters in the city, claiming the risk to its workers is too great.
This story was published in November 2004, ten months before Katrina.