Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Jaw, Meet Floor

And now for something completely different, from the Associated Press:

President Bush said Tuesday that "I take responsibility" for failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and said the disaster raised broader questions about the government's ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks.

"Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government," Bush said at joint White House news conference with the president of Iraq.

"To the extent the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility," Bush said.

The president was asked whether people should be worried about the government's ability to handle another terrorist attack given failures in responding to Katrina.

"Are we capable of dealing with a severe attack? That's a very important question and it's in the national interest that we find out what went on so we can better respond," Bush replied. [emphasis added]
Wow. I am thoroughly shocked. First a cabinet official is forced to resign (for reasons other than disagreeing with the President's policies), and now Bush is talking about taking responsibility for acts and omissions on the part of his own Executive Branch. And probing what went wrong? Isn't that, like, playing the blame game?

Elsewhere, the denizens of Hell just felt a frigid blast from the newly installed air conditioner, as cold glasses of ice water were handed out to all.

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