So there’s a news item about former “President” George W. Bush having told interviewer NBC’s Matt Lauer that allowing a photo of him to be taken above Hurricane Katrina-devastated New Orleans in Air Force One was a “huge mistake.”
Here is the exchange:
LAUER: Let’s get to the picture that we may have seen more of you in the last couple years of your presidency than any other picture. You’re sitting in Air Force One, flying back toward Washington. You fly right over New Orleans and you look out the window.
BUSH: Yes. Huge mistake.
LAUER: Yeah. And in comes the press and they take that picture. And it made you look so out of touch.
BUSH: Detached and uncaring. No question about it.
LAUER: Whose fault was it?
BUSH: It’s always my fault. I mean I was the one who should have said, A, don’t take my picture, B, let’s land in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, C, let’s don’t even come close to the area. Let’s — the next place to be seen is in Washington at a command center. I mean, it was my fault.
LAUER: When the picture’s released, you write, “I immediately knew it was a problem.”
BUSH: Of course. I’d been around long enough to know that when it was released. And the reason why we didn’t land in Louisiana is because I was concerned that first responders would be pulled off their task and I’d be criticized. In retrospect, however, I should have touched down in Baton Rouge, met with the governor and walked out and said, “I hear you. We understand. And we’re going to help the state and help the local governments with as much resources as needed.” And then got back on a flight up to Washington. I did not do that. And paid a price for it.
Nowhere in the news article do I see Bush (or Lauer) express concern for the more than 1,800 confirmed fatalities due to the unelected Bush regime’s criminal negligence regarding Hurricane Katrina. Instead, I see a discussion about how Bush should have handled the public relations aspect of it better.
Does the apparent sociopathic Bush feel any remorse or guilt for the more than 1,800 dead? Or is his only concern that he “paid a [public-relations] price” for his bungled post-Katrina itinerary?
And is the news photo in discussion —
Associated Press photo
— really worse than this news photo?
Associated Press photo
That photo is a photo of what George W. Bush was doing on August 29, 2005, the day that Hurricane Katrina made landfall: He was sampling John McCain’s birthday cake near Phoenix, Arizona.
But don’t call Bush detached from just one photo!
How about Barbara Bush’s recorded comment about the Hurricane Katrina refugees in Texas: “And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them”?
No, it wasn’t just one news photo that might have given someone the impression that Richie Rich frat boy George W. Bush is a bit detached.
Again, note that corporate media celebrity Matt Lauer also seems to be pretty fucking detached from the suffering that thousands of people have experienced due to Hurricane Katrina. Lauer is in his own little privileged bubble just as much as Bush is, and no doubt Lauer’s corporate overlords prevent Lauer from asking any tough questions of Bush, such as whether or not Bush feels guilty for the thousands and thousands of deaths that he caused, directly or through criminal negligence, during his eight long years of unelected rule, not only on American soil (such as with Hurricane Katrina and with what took place on September 11, 2001) but also in the sands of Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Being that George W. Bush was a major fucking liar during his hostile occupation of the White House, I can’t imagine that his forthcoming book, Decision Points, contains much, if any, substantive truth that isn’t flattering. And, as Yahoo! News puts it, “It’s likely that most of the revelations in Bush’s book will be covered before the title becomes available in stores [on November 9],” so that’s further reason not to waste the time and money on the book.
In any event, it was horrible enough having to live the George W. Bush years. I have zero desire to relive them by reading his candy-coated version of the events.