Speaking to reporters after touring New Orleans yesterday, Bush sought to dispel the view that race played a role in the government's response to the disaster. "When those Coast Guard choppers, many of who were first on the scene, were pulling people off roofs, they didn't check the color of a person's skin," Bush said. "They wanted to save lives."Wonder how many times we'll hear, "the storm didn't discriminate" in the coming days? Already heard it once tonight, the guest who appeared opposite Al Sharpton on Scarborough's show repeated it. Is that just a coincidence? How many minutes into tomorrow's WH Press briefing will it be until Scott McLellan utters it?
Bush vowed that the massive federal response, which already has received funding of more than $62 billion and involves more than 71,000 federal personnel on the ground, would be managed fairly. "The storm didn't discriminate, and neither did the recovery effort," he said, adding: "The rescue efforts were comprehensive, and the recovery will be comprehensive."
What does that mean, anyway? The storm didn't discriminate? No, it didn't, storms aren't racist. And why is he injecting the Coast Guard rescuers into his defence here? I can just see them shuddering... The point is that the people affected by the storm needed help, the majority of whom were largely poor and African American, and it took Bush himself almost four days to figure out the urgency of the need for help. It doesn't mean necessarily that he's racist, the issue is that he's incompetent and still - still hasn't apologized for or addressed his lapse in judgment. Crisis Management 101, you need to take it again George.