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Posted on Aug 31, 2008
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AP photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari

President Bush monitors the Hurricane Gustav situation along with his crack team at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Hurricane Gustav has given the Republicans the excuse they needed to keep the unpopular president out of his party’s big party. John McCain will be spared another awkward embrace while George W. Bush is off in Texas pestering survivors.


Houston Chronicle:

President Bush said on Sunday he is skipping his party’s national convention and will instead fly to Texas, where evacuees from coastal areas in Hurricane Gustav’s path are heading to dry ground.

“I will not be traveling to Louisiana tomorrow because I do not want my visit to impede in any way the response of our emergency personnel,” Bush said.

Instead, he will head to Austin’s Emergency Operations Center, a command facility where local, state and federal disaster officials are coordinating storm response.

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By Double U, September 1, 2008 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment

Dedwilly, now who you jivin’ with that cosmic debris?

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By Inherit The Wind, September 1, 2008 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

Talk about a choice from Hell!

Either Bush comes to the RNC and f***s things up for McCain and the party,

or

He stays in Washington, DC and “manages” the disaster relief and f***s things up (again) for the people of the Gulf.

Why couldn’t he just go to Crawford for the next 5 monhts?

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By RightWing, September 1, 2008 at 10:24 am Link to this comment

I think Obama is doing the same as McCain, politicking.Maybe OB’s 1 dollar a month brother can pick up the sand to put into a bag.

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By purplewolf, September 1, 2008 at 9:31 am Link to this comment

this picture of the wussy sitting in front of the FEMA sign is pathetic, like they really know what they are doing to begin with, they are all members of the good-ole-incompetent club of do and know nothings.

Being a person who prefers the nature religions(called heathens by those self righteous christian types)who tries to live in harmony with the earth and it’s other living things,(why they think it is evil to respect all the living things that they claim their God gave us never made any sense to me) yet they think nothing of destroying it all in the name of greed, we believe in the concept that what ever you do will come back to you at least 3-fold. So, by the radical religious people who wished bad luck on the Democratic campaign trail, the tide turned against you, as you are of a bad karma. Wonder what else is headed your way, or could we count Sarah Palin as the second bad thing and there might also be more than 3 “bad” things, as the more negative thoughts you wish onto others, it turns up as “your bad” and will return to you. Now, is this really how “religious” people should act? NO, not by my beliefs, but then I do not follow their God as most of these people claim they are God fearing. I would not want to be scared into believing in something real or made up. Scary, fearing the God you claim to worship is just wrong. Grow up you religious sheeple in Repukelican clothing.

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By FENWICK, September 1, 2008 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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That sounds like a good nick name for Bush, “Skippy”

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, September 1, 2008 at 8:46 am Link to this comment

The only thing that can keep a guy like W going has got to be two AA batteries.  Has anyone ever seen a little door on his back?

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By WARIS SHERE, CANADA, September 1, 2008 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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Yes, it does help John McCain to keep George Bush, the most unpopular President away. I am sure the Republicans are sighing a breath of relief and having a field day. It is a God send for John McCain. I vividly remember a while back, when a preacher prayed for a thunderous storm during Barack Obama’s historical address in front of approximately 80,000 people in open stadium in Denver. According to New York Times, “In some ways, it was a nightmare moment for Republicans. The hurricane’s approach put front and center once more some of the worst failings of the Bush presidency at the very moment Mr. McCain was to begin presenting a vision of the post-Bush Republican Party to the nation.” John McCain has the opportunity of his life, as long as he doesn’t look like he’s politicizing it, said Robert Shrum, a Democratic consultant who has been involved in conventions since 1972. “But the unspoken advantage for Mr. McCain may be a convention without Mr. Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney. The senator’s campaign was never enthusiastic about showcasing the unpopular president at Mr. McCain’s coming-out party. As it was, Mr. Bush had been scheduled to leave after his opening-night speech and retreat to Camp David, never appearing with Mr. McCain, who would not arrive until later in the week.”, concludes New York Times.

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By VietnamVet, September 1, 2008 at 6:44 am Link to this comment

I am sure all the Republicans are sighing a breath of relief! Its a God send for McCain, who is probably already mince meat, but would loose a few more points if he is seen hugging Bush again. And Cheney….well, EVERYONE knows McCain is happy as hell this ole sharp shooter won’t be there after all.

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By Redphilly, September 1, 2008 at 4:04 am Link to this comment
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If you think the RNC/Gustav situation is just a coincidence than you are not a card carrying Republican evangelical. I am a card carrying Democratic evangelical so I can tell you this is a well thought out supernatural plan. He (God) is saying you don’t deserve a convention.  Three years ago your president allowed many to die.  Where do you get off thinking you rate a convention after that?  Let’s see what he (Bush) does this time around! Obama made it very clear in his speech that the Repubs do not want to help anyone but themselves. And right behind that God sends a hurricane? It is to see what the federal government run by Bush will do.  Or what he won’t do. Priceless! Many may say that Cuba got hit bad, too. Their boss is in the toilet, also. Nuff said!

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By Double U, September 1, 2008 at 3:42 am Link to this comment

Priceless photo of Bushie Boy above.  Someone get that lame excuse for a human a coloring book.  Steal it from one of the evacuated kids if you have to.  Now!!

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By Marcus Rain, September 1, 2008 at 2:53 am Link to this comment
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I swear, as an electrical engineer, I sometimes wonder about those hurricanes. Perhaps the paranoid are right, and certain groups have control of scalar potentials. With that technology, creating weather is actually possible as is “enhancing” already exising weather systems.

It’s eerie.

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By Marc Schlee, September 1, 2008 at 12:19 am Link to this comment
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It’s PHOTO OP time !!

Curious George and King Dick (and “Tweety” McCain and Simple Sarah) are making a beeline to the gulf coast so they can fill sandbags for all of 3 minutes and try to redeem the Bush legacy.

FREE AMERICA

DIRECT DEMOCRACY

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By Mudbones, August 31, 2008 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment

Yes it does help McCain to keep Bush away.  Being from Florida I wouldn’t wish a hurricane on anyone and wish everyone well.  However, I can’t help but think of the whacko preacher that prayed for a thunderous storm to rain out Obama’s…. makes me think about Karma.  I did see McCain and Faux news playing up McCain’s “leadership”  almost like he was already prez…..

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