When Air Force One dipped below the clouds on Tuesday so the president could peer out the window down at the disaster, the image was uncomfortably imperial.In fact, Bush didn't fly over New Orleans until Wednesday afternoon, a full 60 hours AFTER the hurricane has destroyed the city. Had Newsweek, and the rest of the media, bothered paying more attention to the fact that our president stayed on vacation until the 3d day after the hurricane, they might have gotten this fact right.
In general, I love Newsweek, don't get me wrong. But they have joined the rest of the media in basically ignoring the simple fact that Bush chose to stay on vacation for DAYS after the disaster and that this clearly was the key factor hindering the federal response to the disaster. If the prez is on vacation, what message does that send to FEMA, the Dept of Homeland Security, the National Guard, and the military at large?
(Hat tip to reader Fritz for catching this)