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Chimp plans to land and talk to the mayor of NOLA

[1:30 PM: Right now Chimpy is on the ground in Biloxi, doing photo ops with some survivors there.]

Guess the mocking and criticism are being heard by the Bushies, and now the Chimp plans to place his holy feet upon the rotting land of New Orleans. I’m not sure where he plans to touch down, but you best believe it will be nowhere near the unwashed, suffering darkies that he’s letting die in the filth and heat. What balls.

“I’m not looking forward to this trip,” Bush said as he set out for a firsthand look at the destruction in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. [Well, isn’t that a special? You may require a barf bag after this next paragraph; pole-sucking ahead; how can they say this with straight faces, other than the IV infusion of GOP Kool-Aid?]

Bush got a warm reception in Mobile from Govs. Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Bob Riley of Alabama. Both praised the federal government’s response. …”We’ll get on top of this situation,” Bush said, “and we’re going to help the people that need help.” Bush hoped that his tour of the hurricane-ravaged states would boost the spirits of increasingly desperate storm victims and their tired rescuers, and his visit was aimed at tamping down the ever-angrier criticism that he has engineered a too-little, too-late response.

…For the first time, however, he stopped defending his administration’s response and criticized it. “A lot of people are working hard to help those who’ve been affected. The results are not acceptable,” he said. “I’m heading down there right now.”

…Friday’s trip follows a 35-minute flyover of the region he took Wednesday aboard Air Force One as he headed back to Washington from his Texas ranch.

According to CNN, he will meet with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who at this point is a loose cannon, generating a whole lot of bad PR for the White House. How they’ll shut him down will be interesting. I hope Nagin’s too shell-shocked to drink the Kool-Aid the lying sack of sh*t tries to pour for him. From the transcript of the radio interview with Nagin on WWL-AM, where he says says Feds are “feeding people a line of bull.” He broke down and was audibly filled with shock, anger and anguish.

I need reinforcements, I need troops, man. I need 500 buses, man. We ain’t talking about — you know, one of the briefings we had, they were talking about getting public school bus drivers to come down here and bus people out here. I’m like, “You got to be kidding me. This is a national disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans.”

…We’re getting reports and calls that are breaking my heart, from people saying, “I’ve been in my attic. I can’t take it anymore. The water is up to my neck. I don’t think I can hold out.” And that’s happening as we speak.

…And one of the things people — nobody’s talked about this. Drugs flowed in and out of New Orleans and the surrounding metropolitan area so freely it was scary to me, and that’s why we were having the escalation in murders. People don’t want to talk about this, but I’m going to talk about it.

You have drug addicts that are now walking around this city looking for a fix, and that’s the reason why they were breaking in hospitals and drugstores. They’re looking for something to take the edge off of their jones, if you will.

And right now, they don’t have anything to take the edge off. And they’ve probably found guns. So what you’re seeing is drug-starving crazy addicts, drug addicts, that are wrecking havoc. And we don’t have the manpower to adequately deal with it. We can only target certain sections of the city and form a perimeter around them and hope to God that we’re not overrun.

…But we authorized $8 billion to go to Iraq lickety-quick. After 9/11, we gave the president unprecedented powers lickety-quick to take care of New York and other places. Now, you mean to tell me that a place where most of your oil is coming through, a place that is so unique when you mention New Orleans anywhere around the world, everybody’s eyes light up — you mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that have died and thousands more that are dying every day, that we can’t figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on, man.

...I don’t want to see anybody do anymore goddamn press conferences. Put a moratorium on press conferences. Don’t do another press conference until the resources are in this city. And then come down to this city and stand with us when there are military trucks and troops that we can’t even count.

Don’t tell me 40,000 people are coming here. They’re not here. It’s too doggone late. Now get off your asses and do something, and let’s fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country.

Not much else to say behind that.

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