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Old 04-26-2013, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Brazile: Bush came through on Katrina

Bush understood the need for civility. I joined him despite my frustration because the need was too great for finger-pointing and blame-making. He flew to New Orleans and addressed the nation: "Tonight I also offer this pledge to the American people: Throughout the area hit by the hurricane, we will do what it takes. We will stay as long as it takes to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives."

George W. Bush was good as his word. He visited the Gulf states 17 times; went 13 times to New Orleans. Laura Bush made 24 trips. Bush saw that $126 billion in aid was sent to the Gulf's residents, as some members of his own party in Congress balked.

Bush put a special emphasis on rebuilding schools and universities. He didn't forget African-Americans: Bush provided $400 million to the historically black colleges, now integrated, that remain a pride, and magnet for African-American students. Laura Bush, a librarian, saw to it that thousands of books ruined by the floods were replaced. To this day, there are many local libraries with tributes devoted to her efforts.



Excuse me?

No political ramifications by giving Bush kudos now - so let the good times roll. We are all friends now, right...
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:35 AM
 
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Brazile: Bush came through on Katrina

Bush understood the need for civility. I joined him despite my frustration because the need was too great for finger-pointing and blame-making. He flew to New Orleans and addressed the nation: "Tonight I also offer this pledge to the American people: Throughout the area hit by the hurricane, we will do what it takes. We will stay as long as it takes to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives."

George W. Bush was good as his word. He visited the Gulf states 17 times; went 13 times to New Orleans. Laura Bush made 24 trips. Bush saw that $126 billion in aid was sent to the Gulf's residents, as some members of his own party in Congress balked.

Bush put a special emphasis on rebuilding schools and universities. He didn't forget African-Americans: Bush provided $400 million to the historically black colleges, now integrated, that remain a pride, and magnet for African-American students. Laura Bush, a librarian, saw to it that thousands of books ruined by the floods were replaced. To this day, there are many local libraries with tributes devoted to her efforts.


Excuse me?

No political ramifications by giving Bush kudos now - so let the good times roll. We are all friends now, right...
Obama is now realizing that Bush was a good President, even as he sends out messages to his supporters that the reason he's worthless is because of his predecessor.

Never trust a liberal. Ever.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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Juan Williams detailed how many on the left, in particular the NAACP, tried to portray W. Bush as a racist. Juan Williams stood up to denounce such race-baiting on the left back then, but I don't ever remember Donna Brazile doing so back then. It could have had a huge impact back then for her to stand up, but apparently it didn't fit into her political calculus at the time. For her to do it now is too little, too late.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:17 AM
 
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Juan Williams detailed how many on the left, in particular the NAACP, tried to portray W. Bush as a racist. Juan Williams stood up to denounce such race-baiting on the left back then, but I don't ever remember Donna Brazile doing so back then. It could have had a huge impact back then for her to stand up, but apparently it didn't fit into her political calculus at the time. For her to do it now is too little, too late.
I heard a long time CBS reporter who covered Bush say after getting to know him he came to realize he was very intelligent. Bush used his reputation as being stupid to his advantage.

(You don't get a masters from Harvard Business school by being stupid)
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:22 AM
 
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Excuse me?

No political ramifications by giving Bush kudos now - so let the good times roll. We are all friends now, right...
For the last several days (since the terrorist attack in Boston), the left has been working overtime trying to distance itself from the crazies and conspiracies they onced embraced, and marginally trying to clean up their acts. For example, note the threads, posts and media reports all of a sudden trying to disconnect themselves from 9/11 Truther Alex Jones. Why? Because the homegrown Boston terrorists are 9/11 Truthers. Note Michael Moore's criticism (your other thread) on Afghanistan. Maybe they are beginning to realize their part in
fueling the hatred and division in this country. But that might be just wishful thinking on my part.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Juan Williams detailed how many on the left, in particular the NAACP, tried to portray W. Bush as a racist. Juan Williams stood up to denounce such race-baiting on the left back then, but I don't ever remember Donna Brazile doing so back then. It could have had a huge impact back then for her to stand up, but apparently it didn't fit into her political calculus at the time. For her to do it now is too little, too late.
Well maybe, maybe not... It's good to get this out there because if you ever want to get rid of the false stereotype that Republicans or conservatives hate black people - stuff like this needs to get out. Just thinking about the future here...
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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For the last several days (since the terrorist attack in Boston), the left has been working overtime trying to distance itself from the crazies and conspiracies they onced embraced, and marginally trying to clean up their acts. For example, note the threads, posts and media reports all of a sudden trying to disconnect themselves from 9/11 Truther Alex Jones. Why? Because the homegrown Boston terrorists are 9/11 Truthers. Note Michael Moore's criticism (your other thread) on Afghanistan. Maybe they are beginning to realize their part in
fueling the hatred and division in this country. But that might be just wishful thinking on my part.

I will consider it wishful thinking until more evidence comes out.

Was wondering if it's a full of moon to hit both of those stories this morning...
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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I will consider it wishful thinking until more evidence comes out.

Was wondering if it's a full of moon to hit both of those stories this morning...
lol...yes, yesterday.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:35 AM
 
Location: NJ
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GWB did all right in the face of that storm of biblical proportion. The immensity of which FEMA was not prepared, though FEMA had a record of good work in previous storms. Preparation are based on statistical predictions. If the predictions are overwhelmed by a rogue storm you, eat it.

Throw in an incompetent governor, idiot mayor of NO and a confoundedly uninformed public and no one can save you.

On top of all of that it was the failing dikes, post Katrina, that caused the havoc. The failing dikes were the work of our elected representatives, who for generations, diverted the money for the updating the dikes for their own political purposes.

GWB happened to be at the tiller whe fate showed up in the form of Katrina.

GWB did as well as any other president could have.

Why heck, the respoonse to Sandy was a circle jerk. Lessons still have not been learned. the bureaucracy of government is the least effective way, in many cases, to deal with regional crisis
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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I heard a long time CBS reporter who covered Bush say after getting to know him he came to realize he was very intelligent. Bush used his reputation as being stupid to his advantage.

(You don't get a masters from Harvard Business school by being stupid)
I think there's something to that--and you don't get yourself elected potus twice by being stupid either (which of course applies to Obama, too). IIRC W Bush even talked about his fondness for the 'misunderestimation' ploy from time to time. Dwight Eisenhower had a penchant for it too, but his VP Nixon called Ike the "most devious" man he'd ever met (Nixon meant it as a compliment).
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