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Posted on Sep 3, 2008
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How would the president rate the government’s response to Hurricane Gustav? In a word: “Excellent.” Eager to escape the shadow of Katrina, which has come to symbolize the incompetence of his administration, Hurricane George made landfall in Louisiana Wednesday for some hands-on disaster relief.


AP via Google:

BATON ROUGE, La.—President Bush says the response to Hurricane Gustav has been “excellent” but there is more work to be done.

Speaking at a packed emergency command center, the president cautioned that the pace of recovery from the storm will depend upon how quickly electricity gets back up in Louisiana, where there are widespread power outages.

Trying to burnish his administration’s reputation for hurricane response, the president is making his second trip to the region since the storm hit. He was in Texas on Monday.

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By Ed, September 4, 2008 at 10:49 am Link to this comment
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No matter what Bush does from here on out, he’s still going down as the worst U.S. President of all times. The United States collective, giving this bozo a second term, is like a drunk hitting rock bottom.

Time for rehab, folks.

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By Outraged, September 3, 2008 at 10:49 pm Link to this comment

Let’s look at this for what it IS.  Bush wants kudos all around but let’s face it, this was NOT anything NEAR the likes of Katrina.

From Cnn: “Hurricane Gustav didn’t pack the wallop of Katrina three years earlier, officials said Monday, but they urged almost 2 million evacuees to stay away from the Gulf Coast for another day.”

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/09/01/gustav/index.html#cnnSTCText

> But what was hurricane Katrina?  You remember… the one where NO AID WAS SENT FOR DAYS, AND THE LEVEE BROKE.  Check this out, from the AP:

“When Gustav came ashore Monday, the scale of destruction surely fell far short of what happened in that horrible summer of 2005, and it never developed into the “mother of all storms” that New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin predicted.”

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i-v0wkRlTxs5E_JSjuU2jXKt3uYgD92VJ1D83

> Then of course there was this from Salon regarding hurricane Katrina:

“Meanwhile, as a deadly storm of historic proportions ripped into three Gulf Coast states that Monday, Bush, on a working vacation at his ranch in Crawford, stuck to his schedule for the day. He traveled to Arizona, where he gave a stay-the-course speech about the war in Iraq. He even made himself available for a photo op after the speech, posing with a guitar next to someone wearing a sombrero, seemingly unaware that the Gulf Coast of the United States was in the throes of a horrific natural disaster perhaps unparalleled in the nation’s history. For a president who often seemed to care more about developments in Iraq than those at home, here was a singular moment. Never had Bush appeared to be so out of sync, at least when it came to events unfolding in the homeland. To make matters worse, in this case the disaster was not happening on the other side of the world or even the other side of the country, but in a state next door to Texas.”

http://www.salon.com/books/excerpt/2008/06/06/rove_katrina/

> And the “man and his crew” want a medal….I think NOT.  Hurricane Gustav at landfall was Category 2, downgraded to Category 1 shortly after landfall. Hurricane Katrina was Category 5.  Need anyone say more.

Hurricane Katrina:
“Hurricane Katrina was the costliest and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. It was the sixth-strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the third-strongest hurricane on record that made landfall in the United States. Katrina formed on August 23 during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season and caused devastation along much of the north-central Gulf Coast. The most severe loss of life and property damage occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, which flooded as the levee system catastrophically failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland. The hurricane caused severe destruction across the entire Mississippi coast and into Alabama, as far as 100 miles (160 km) from the storm’s center. In the 2005 Atlantic season, Katrina was the eleventh tropical storm, fifth hurricane, third major hurricane, and second Category 5 hurricane.”

Hurricane Gustav:
“The storm was downgraded to Category 1 shortly after making landfall and is not causing the damage that was feared.

But there are fears the levees that collapsed under the force of Katrina in 2005 could be susceptible again.

A storm surge of between 10-14ft could be possible later, experts warned.

Sky’s US correspondent, Michelle Clifford, said: “The levees are not the big problem - the worry is about the storm surge. The prediction is that there could be a storm surge of between 10-14ft.”

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Hurricane-Gustav-Millions-Flee-As-Hurricane-Gustav-Crashes-Onto-Gulf-Coast-And-New-Orleans/Article/200809115090465?lpos=World+News_7&lid=ARTICLE_15090465_Hurricane+Gustav:+Millions+Flee+As+Hurricane+Gustav+Crashes+Onto+Gulf+Coast+And+New+Orleans

And these sickos want a medal, well…if we give them one, let’s put it where the sun don’t shine.

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