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Image czar Karen 'Mommy' Hughes: bullsh*t right out of the box

As she makes her debut after taking the oath of office as the Chimperor’s undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the State Department, Karen Hughes sets right off to improve America’s global image by spinning Katrina in these terms. Look at these quotes, they really put the blame where it belongs, huh? It’s all about the looters and criminals, and not the criminal behavior of the political officials from the bottom to the top.

“The images of crime being committed in the face of an awful natural disaster is hard for anyone to understand, people around the world and Americans. It sickens me as an American. How could criminals prey on vulnerable elderly citizens and children during a time of such horror?”

“Unfortunately, criminals exist in America. Criminals exist in other places around the world. We are going to have to address that in our communications.”

“What I say is it’s not about us. It’s about all of us as civilized people. And we’re the world’s only superpower, so that comes with both respect and some resentment.”

“We saw pictures on Thursday of people who were waiting to be rescued and didn’t feel that we had arrived quickly enough, [the President] has acknowledged that we have to do better and we want to do better. But what I will challenge in any stories I see is any idea that we didn’t want to help people. We certainly wanted to help everyone,”

“It’s offensive to me to suggest that somehow, as I’ve seen some headlines and some reports do, that people, that Americans weren’t helped because they are poor or because of their race. That is anti-American. That is not what our country is about.”

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