Okay. He’s the Steely-Eyed Rocket Man, not Captain Leap Into Action:
President Bush will cut short his vacation to return to Washington on Wednesday, two days earlier than planned, to help monitor federal efforts to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina, the White House said Tuesday.
“We have got a lot of work to do,” Bush said, referring to the damage wrought by the hurricane along Gulf Coast areas.
The president had been scheduled to return to the nation’s capital on Friday, after spending more than four weeks operating from his ranch in Central Texas. But after receiving a briefing early Tuesday on the devastation Katrina unleashed, the president decided that he needed to be in Washington to personally oversee the federal effort, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.
Bush had traveled here to deliver a speech commemorating the Allies’ World War II victory over Japan and promoting his war-on-terror agenda. Later Tuesday, he was flying back to Texas, but spending only one night at his ranch. Bush was expected to visit the region affected by Katrina, but details on that trip were in flux as the White House worked to make sure the president would not disrupt response efforts.(my emphasis)
Sure it’s a natural disaster of massive proportions, but, you know, there is brush that still needs to be cut. And as for:
“But after receiving a briefing early Tuesday on the devastation Katrina unleashed, the president decided that he needed to be in Washington to personally oversee the federal effort”
I thought it was a working vacation and he could do anything from there that he could do in Washington so it wasn’t really a vacation and we really didn’t understand the mysterious ways of modern technology like phones and faxes and video-conferencing and that internet thingy that’s all the rage with the kids….