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Friday, September 16, 2005

Bush Speech Will Provide Comfort, and Anger Others

President Bush looked nervous as he gave his speech yesterday. He wasn't wearing a suit. He didn't have his swagger. He looked shrunken. In fact, he reminded me of a FEMA worker. NO offense. His speech was a good one. I think it provided some measure of comfort for those who wish to derive that from it. Others will view it as too little, too late. One thing is certain: you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. The immense failure of the Bush Administration (and let's not forget state and local governments too) in responding to Katrina has already done irreparable damage to the President's image. At this point, what the White House can hope for is that the relief efforts from now on go smoothly and that Bush can gain back some of his credibility. But the images of Bush playing a guitar in California and hanging out in Arizona while New Orleans flooded will never leave the minds of those who witnessed the largest natural disaster in the history of our country. President Bush wants to be remembered in history. Well, he can rest assured that in this particular instance he will go down in history, as the president who failed to respond to the biggest natural disaster in American history when he was amply warned.

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