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Bush takes charge because locals dropped the ball

President Bush, with his typical steady hand and clear vision when dealing with difficulties, continues to directly take charge of the hurricane situation, even though the local mayor and governor are the ones who should be doing it.

Today President Bush ordered an additional 7,200 soldiers and Marines to the Gulf Coast to carry out federal relief efforts.  These are not National Guard troops, these are the "real McCoy" military personnel from the Army's 82nd Airborne from Fort Bragg, N.C., 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, and the Marines' 1st and 2nd Expeditionary forces from Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He also sent an extra 10,000 National Guard troops, raising the number of Guard personnel in the stricken states to about 40,000.

The brainless, cowardly liberals who say that we can't handle both Iraq and problems at home at the same time are eating their pathetic words.

In the New Orleans Convention Center alone, a force of 1,000 Guardsmen were stationed to assert the rule of law.

Bush is clearly upset with the total lack of action by local and state officials in the stricken states.

"Many of our citizens simply are not getting the help they need, especially in New Orleans, and that is unacceptable," Bush said. "In America we do not abandon our fellow citizens in their hour of need."

Bush met for nearly an hour with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and others involved in planning the recovery from Katrina.

Bush has personally toured the area multiple times, and is providing the same kind of hands-on and determined leadership that Rudy delivered on 9/11.

Taking the rare step of delivering his Saturday morning radio address live from the Rose Garden of the White House, Bush recounted his Friday tour of the devastated region and praised its people.

"When you talk to the proud folks in the area, you see a spirit that cannot be broken," he said.

 

George W. Bush truly is the right leader for the right time.

6 Comments:

  • Bush's declaration of a state of emergency for Louisiana and other Gulf states on Sunday gave FEMA and the other federal agencies the authority to oversee the activities for disaster planning and rescue & relief. This is the White House statement on the 28th:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/08/20050828-1.html

    The one-two punch of the hurricane and the flooding clearly exceeded the federal government's original commitment of resources. He should've been involved from the beginning, and directed more resources on Tuesday and Wednesday as the needs became evident.

    By lchoro, at 4:40 PM

  • Ichoro,

    No, actually it is up to the state to REQUEST the aid, before it is able to be given. The state dropped the ball -- again and again. The president is the one person who is actually doing something.

    By Todd, at 5:15 PM

  • President Bush, with his typical steady hand and clear vision when dealing with difficulties, continues to directly take charge of the hurricane situation, even though the local mayor and governor are the ones who should be doing it.

    What?

    By fast eddie, at 10:33 PM

  • What?

    By Todd, at 11:25 PM

  • You got it half right.

    FEMA was rejecting offers of aid and assistance from the fire and rescue organizations of many states. FEMA was also telling these groups that they would not be reimbursed for expenses incurred on their part. There's stories repeated nationwide of FEMA and the state of Lousiana turning down assistance because the authorities in the federal government and in the state had failed to authorize emergency spending to allow FEMA to acquire resources for the recovery effort. Our own Loudoun county fire dept. sent firefighters, rescue personnel, and supplies only to be turned back at the Louisiana border.

    On Thursday, the governor of Louisiana and Bush were negotiating on whether the state or the federal government would be in charge of the operations after troops from the Army and the various states' National Guard units were to be deployed. Some of these units had been on standby for much of the week. It wasn't until Friday that Bush announced the emergency spending and the deployment of those units.

    Clearly, these kinds of protocols should've been worked out between the federal government and the states beforehand.

    By lchoro, at 8:51 PM

  • These protocols WERE worked out, and the state and local officials in Lousiana did not follow them. Everything that has transpired had a contingency plan that could have prevented it.

    At this point, Bush is taking over leadership from the real people who should have lead the efforts: the ignorant Mayor and the bewildered Governor.

    By Todd, at 9:25 PM

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