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Caught On Tape?

Thursday, Mar. 02, 2006 12:01 AM

Ah, where to begin?

Let's start with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Supervisor Chris Daly's resolution calling for federal investigation of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick "Look Out! The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun!" Cheney as a prelude to impeachment.

Nice try, Chris, but you still have to have proof.

It remains to be seen whether the video excerpts of President Bush being briefed by Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, then-FEMA Director Michael Brown, and other storm and disaster management experts will qualify as such.

The initial impression is that the information was explicitly laid out on the table, but that Mr. Bush either did not understand the implications or felt federal preparations were fine as-is. White House spokesworms are spinning this as Mr. Bush's management style - letting the experts make the decisions.

But as to the President 'not knowing' about Katrina's severity and its threat potential? That one's been swept further inland than Noah's Ark.

And while there's still plenty of blame to go around - and Ray Nagin can stow the "Oh, my God!" routine - it does cast serious doubt over the 'we didn't know' excuse as it applies to other memorable moments of the Bush Presidency.

Update, 1:00 AM

Hell, that tape is embarassing. Bush stumbles over the word hurricane, saying, "... this, uh ... this this uh ... huge storm." How do you forget the word HURRICANE in a briefing about one of the largest ones to hit shore in years? This is quickly followed by another clueless moment, "... we pray there will be no loss of life, of course." That reality check certainly bounced. Maybe Chris Daly isn't that far off the mark, after all.

In the We're All Morons On This Bus Department, a new study has found 22% of Americans can name the Simpsons (Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and ... um ... the baby, yeah) as opposed to 1 in 1,000 being able to name all of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (Speech, Religion, Press, Assembly, and Petition for Redress of Grievances against the government).

Okay, I get a laugh out of the Simpsons as much as the next person, but for CRYING OUT LOUD!

If you don't know your rights, it's that much easier for them to be taken away.

Complete results from the survey can be found here.

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