Crossposted at Shadow Blog for America
I had to do a screen capture of this headline, on CNN.com. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes, and I thought that if I navigated away from the page without saving the headline, it would disappear and I’d be left with no evidence that I’d ever seen such a thing. It read, BREAKING NEWS President Bush says he takes responsibility for the federal government’s failures in responding to Hurricane Katrina. Details soon.
Isn’t “Bush accepts responsibility” one of the signs of the apocalypse?
What we have here is strategery in action folks. Soon there was a new headline. Here come the weasel words… (emphasis mine)
“Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government and to the extent the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility,” Bush said during a joint news conference with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
Bush said he wants to know what went right and what went wrong so that he can determine whether the United States was prepared for another storm, or an attack.
“I’m not going to defend the process going in, but I am going to defend the people who are on the front line of saving lives,” Bush said.
Earlier in the day, the White House announced the president will address the nation Thursday night about recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast.
Also on CNN, we have this headline:
Rice: Disaster shows ‘ugly way’ race, poverty collide
NEW YORK (CNN) — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the people who were stranded in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina are evidence that race and poverty can still come together “in a very ugly way” in parts of the “Old South.”
Okay, so it’s just the Old South that has a problem. Whew–we don’t need to confront any painful issues about race after all, (contrary to what Howard Dean has claimed.) No, it’s only those backwards folks in the “Old South” who have a problem. Well, that’s a relief–that “I’m okay, it’s all your fault!” approach always goes down a lot easier.