In a rare moment of astute awareness, Mr. Bush said it's a damn good thing these people got basements and took to 'em. But he chastized those people who either didn't have basements or didn't get to their basement in time. He went on to say "Them ijits who didn't get into a basement got themselves kilt by this big Tornado."
When asked why he was there, Bush said he came to Kansas to tour the wreckage in the hopes that he could “touch somebody’s soul by representing our country.”
Huh? I always thought that a President visited a disaster area to assess damage and to help expidite recovery by mustering the National Guard. But Bush did promise Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that he would “get whatever help is appropriate here … as quickly as possible.” Sorta like he did along the Gulf Coast and New Orleans two years ago, right? Heckuva job, Brownie.
“I don’t think there is any question that if you are missing trucks, Humvees and helicopters that the response is going to be slower,” Sebelius told reporters Monday. “The real victims here will be the residents of Greensburg because the recovery will be at a slower pace.”
Meanwhile, the cost of the Iraq war has topped $424,443,928,212.00 and rising. And at home, climate related natural disasters are also on the rise: stronger and earlier tropical storms (hurricane season actually begins in June); wildfires plague bone-dry California; honeybees are dying off, affecting our food supply. I could go on, but what's the point? Our nation's resources are all tied up in Iraq - are we still looking for WMDs there? Personally, I think the Weapons of Mass Destruction are in the White House. But George W. Bush has the arrogance to think he can touch people's soul as he makes his cursory visit to Kansas.
Makes me sick.