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Friday, September 02, 2005

The Most Revolting Letter of the Day

(To the New York Times)

To the Editor:

How typical of your editorial page to criticize President Bush's speech. For the record, give me action instead of flowery words any time!

The president guided this country through 9/11 in a masterful way, and I, for one, feel that he will do the same for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Dolores Demeri
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Sept. 1, 2005

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Two comments: I agree that action instead of flowery words would be nice. Action for the 25,000 people stranded in the Astrodome who haven't eaten for four days would be very nice indeed. Toilets and water would be nice. A third of the state's National Guard not being in Iraq would be nice, so they could, you know, help out in exactly the sort of situation the National Guard was intended for. The letter-writer says "give me action" as though that's what the government is actually doing. (Oh, and Bush's words weren't exactly flowery. They were actually insultingly stupid.)

Second: note that the writer "feel[s]" he will do the same for the victims of the hurricane. She doesn't seem to know he is. She doesn't even think he is. She feels he is. She's got a hunch. That's cute. The way it's cute that some people "feel" there were WMDs, or "feel" that Iraq initiated 9/11. It's cute to me that we live in a world where people feel whether facts are true or not.

I myself feel that if the still-stranded citizens of New Orleans were other than poor and black, Bush would have put his game-face on sometime around Monday afternoon, but maybe I'm wrong. Anyway, I feel Bush's game-face looks a lot like a monkey's, and situations like this make me even angrier that presidential elections are won and lost based on who Americans think they'd like to have a beer with. John Kerry would've gotten a little more done in this situation, that's how I feel.


Blogger kStyle said...

Eric for president!!

8:59 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Bush actually said on the radio this morning that the current efforts to help the hurricane victims were "unacceptable."

Think about that for a minute. Bush, dumber than a rock, incapable of admitting that he's wrong, ever eager to embrace the power of flowery words, said the situation in New Orleans is bad. That must be a hundred times worse than what I'd consider "bad."

I hope he and his comrades get slimed so heavily by this whole situation that Republicans can't even get elected to school boards.

And did you hear Robert Siegel's interview with Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff yesterday? Wow.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

At the thing where Bush announced that Clinton would be helping out raising relief money, I longed for Clinton to grab the mike and say, "Anyone want me to just step in here for a few weeks? I can take the oath, be President for a while again, and go home when the job's done. I'm in good shape these days and I know what FEMA stands for and I didn't have a habit of gutting key federal programs so I could lower rich people's taxes.

"Anyone? Just say the word. He can even keep the master bedroom. I'll sleep on the couch in the Roosevelt Room."

11:30 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Only tangentially related, but I wanted to share this bit from Cindy Sheehan's blog. I like this woman.

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"Tom Delay's aide said [Delay] probably won't meet with me because I don't "comport" myself properly. I told him that we don't think Tom Delay "comports" himself properly and I could probably get a meeting if Casey had a feeding tube in him instead of being dead for his boss's support of a horrible war.

"His aide said he didn't know what I was referring to. When are these people going to stop thinking I am stupid?"

12:00 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

yes, yes, yes, to everything you've both written. i'm grateful that you found a way to write about this; it was overwhelming to me.

8:15 AM  

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