Currently watching the press conference with Bush, the Coast Guard, and the government, and I hope this is the type of silly PR rapture the NY Times wants. How anyone thinks this is useful is beyond me. What needs to be done is to simply inundate the area with relief efforts- not press conferences where the President exhibits ‘leadership.’
What the people want is help, not press conferences. It ain’t hard to imagine why, and I have no idea what having the President in the region accomplishes. It looks like a stupid distraction, it will rightly be criticized, and it looks, quite honestly, obscene.
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Some confusion- I don’t think the President in the region is ‘obscene,’ I think that that stupid briefing looked obscene. Whoever thought that was a good idea should be beaten with a stick. Or forced to address the folks stranded at the Superdome. And the president shouldn’t have gone along with it, despite the fact that political opponents are clamoring to make hay out of this. It was a PR event, and stupid.