I watched Bill Maher on Friday and all the Sunday morning news shows and the Monday morning’s Today and GMA. I didn’t hear one word, one word about the most simple, basic fact of this story.
George Bush stayed on vacation. He didn’t get back to work. When the worst natural disaster in our nation’s history attacked us, George Bush STAYED ON VACATION. Why did the federal government stumble so badly on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday? Because on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday, George Bush stayed on vacation in Crawford, Texas. On Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday, vice president Dick Cheney STAYED ON VACATION in Jackson, Wyoming. On Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday, Sec. of State Condi Rice WENT ON VACATION in New York City and went to a splashy Broadway musical and bought obscenely expensive shoes. She went shopping.
How much simpler can it be for people to understand? Disaster struck and no one in the Bush administration cared. If they cared, Bush and Cheney and Rice would have gone back to work. How can I watch 2 and a half hours of Sunday morning news programs, where everyone is saying the region faces huge problems and no one is still in charge and not one person asked “Where is Dick Cheney?” Gee, do you think this might be an appropriate task for the vice president? Why did he stay on vacation? Why did we not even see him until Saturday morning? Rumsfeld joined Bush on a political jaunt on Tuesday when he should have been working on sending in the troops. Andy Card was also on vacation during this crisis.
We’ve repeated this time and time again on Americablog, but astonishingly, the simplest, starkest fact about this disaster is not getting out to the MSM. It’s not the first question asked by reporters. Rice hasn’t been asked why she stayed on vacation. Cheney is apparently being hidden because he hasn’t even offered public words of sympathy for the thousands of dead and the million American citizens who have had their lives devastated. The vice president hasn’t said one word about this national tragedy. How can the MSM miss this? I can’t even imagine the venomous (and correct) calls for impeachment if Bill Clinton STAYED ON VACATION during the worst tragedy in our nation’s history. And Bush is getting a free pass. This must be asked about again and again and again until they apologize.
What went wrong?
BUSH STAYED ON VACATION DURING THE WORST NATURAL DISASTER IN OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY.
CHENEY STAYED ON VACATION DURING THE WORST NATURAL DISASTER IN OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY.
RICE WENT ON VACATION DURING THE WORST NATURAL DISASTER IN OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY.
Why isn’t this topic number one for every journalist worth their salt?