Why I love the Administration
You have to give respect where respect is due. These guys are absolutely awesome at avoiding guilt or admitting failure. They always stand behind their actions and their people (even if their people turn out to be complete and utter idiots). It's hard to explain, but I'm in awe of them. For example: Here's a snippet from an AP report from today.
At a news conference, Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush's choice for head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency had "absolutely no credentials."
She related that she urged Bush at the White House on Tuesday to fire (Michael) Brown.
"He said 'Why would I do that?'" Pelosi said.
"'I said because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right last week.' And he said 'What didn't go right?'"
Or how about this transcript from yesterday's White House Press Briefing with Press Secretary Scott McClellan (thanks Wonkette):
Q Yes, but you're telling us today there will be time for that somewhere down the road. Well, what if it happens tomorrow?Thuggish. Simply Thuggish. I love it!
MR. McCLELLAN: We can engage in this blame-gaming going on and I think that's what you're getting --
Q No, no. That's a talking point, Scott, and I think most people who are watching this --
MR. McCLELLAN: No, that's a fact. I mean, some are wanting to engage in that, and we're going to remain focused --
Q I'm asking a direct question. Is he confident --
MR. McCLELLAN: We're going to remain focused on the people.
Q -- that he can secure the American people in the event of a major terrorist attack?
MR. McCLELLAN: We are securing the American people by staying on the offensive abroad and working to spread freedom and democracy in the Middle East.
Q That's a talking point. That's a talking point.
MR. McCLELLAN: No, that's a fact.
Q No, it's not.
But when we really look at things, can you really lay most of the blame for the response on the Bush Administration? Yeah, they obviously screwed up (especially the old friends at FEMA), but why isn't anyone talking about how royally screwed up the State and Local government response was? Enter, stage right Wall Street Journal Opinion Online with one of the best articles I've read today. It's also interesting how most of the public anger is not directed at Bush as well.