In one of those startling “when hell freezes over” type scenarios. President Bush finally admitted that the government response to Katrina was a failure and that he was fully responsible.
Now, I know I should be jumping-for-joy-happy about this news, but not. Maybe I’m not being fair or reasonable, but hear me out first.
- Anyone can claim they’re sorry, but Bush never gave the impression at any point that he was truly concerned or worried. He displayed indifference or token photo ops at ever turn.
- I question his sincerity, particularly when he almost had to save his ass politically. I’m sure he’s sorry. Sorry he got caught. Would he have said a damn thing if the media didn’t finally put the pressure on him? Doubtful.
- People will buy the apology, and forget about this in 3 months.
The one huge positive I take away from this entire thing is that the mainstream media finally got up and said something. The finally grew a pair of testicles and attacked officials that merely spewed political rhetoric to important questions. In that regard, I tip my hat to them. They are not out of the woods yet, but it’s a start.
Update by Stephen VanDyke: Here’s what was said:
“President Bush said today 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.”
Ok, we’re all happy that Bush is apologizing. I mean, we’ll take what we can get from a lame duck president at this point. But the irony here may be that incompetent FEMA chief Brown has been replaced by David “” Paulison.
Another update by Stephen VanDyke: Hit & Run is already calling it a non-apology apology: “[T]hat ‘to the extent’ has a bit of the ring of ‘I’m sorry if I offended anyone.’ Still, let’s hope that’s the start of a trend.”