Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Hurricane What Now? Pass the Gravy.

The power of the ever shifting news cycle has wiped President Bush's memory clean. He is no longer interested in pretending to care about saving New Orleans.

Nope. Instead he's flat out refusing to cooperate with the Katrina investigation.

The Bush administration, citing the confidentiality of executive branch communications, said Tuesday that it did not plan to turn over certain documents about Hurricane Katrina or make senior White House officials available for sworn testimony before two Congressional committees investigating the storm response.

The White House this week also formally notified Representative Richard H. Baker, Republican of Louisiana, that it would not support his legislation creating a federally financed reconstruction program for the state that would bail out homeowners and mortgage lenders. Many Louisiana officials consider the bill crucial to recovery, but administration officials said the state would have to use community development money appropriated by Congress.

The White House's stance on storm-related documents, along with slow or incomplete responses by other agencies, threatens to undermine efforts to identify what went wrong, Democrats on the committees said Tuesday.
Even White House spokesman Bush BFF Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman has some nasty words.
"There has been a near total lack of cooperation that has made it impossible, in my opinion, for us to do the thorough investigation that we have a responsibility to do,"
Hmmn... I just don't get it. I mean, Bush really cares about figuring out what went wrong to make sure it never happens again, right? He got 100,000 more votes in Ohio, definitively proving that he is the man best suited to protect us. Ah... There's nothing to worry about. After all that "heckuva job" stuff, he wouldn't hire any more incompetent boobs like Michael Brown. He's like totally way smarter than that.

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