Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Post-Partisan and Post-Racial?

So, Obama's presidency was supposedly going to be post-partisan and post-racial.

Here's the magical Obama post-partisanship in action.

The brand new whitehouse.gov website for the Obama administration had this to say about Bush and Katrina:

President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.

President Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina. Citing the Bush Administration’s “unconscionable ineptitude” in responding to Hurricane Katrina, then-Senator Obama introduced legislation requiring disaster planners to take into account the specific needs of low-income hurricane victims.


Just for fun, below is a flashback of ABC interviewing displaced Katrina victims, who, to ABC's surprise, didn't blame Bush.

They blamed Mayor Ray Nagin.

And go figure, they were actually GRATEFUL for the care shown by the Feds and Texas.

You can just cut the surprise of the ABC Newsman with knife. He doesn't know what to think. Doesn't fit his narrative.

And remind me again, didn't we have another hurricane this past summer, one that (to the joy of Democrats caught on video) shut down the first day of the Republican National Convention?

Notice how people were evacuated in an orderly manner, and there were no repeats of the Superdome debacle?

Amazing how nobody gives credit to the Bush administration, nor, say, Republican governors like Bobby Jindal.

Kinda like how everything that went wrong with Katrina was ALL Bush's fault, not the then Democrat Louisiana Governor, nor "chocolate town" Mayor Ray Nagin.

I'll admit, I'm surprised Obama swiped at Bush. Silly me, I actually expected him to try to make the "post-partisan" thing stick, for at least a week or two.

(Although, as Jim Treacher noted in September, I probably shouldn't be. This kind of side swiping isn't at all out of character for him.)

And with regards to the "post-racial" thing?

I guess what they REALLY meant is that we need to remind the white people to "embrace what is right".....during the inauguration.


Yep. Way to not bring race into it here.

But hey, we know the rules for the Right here.

After eight years of letting Bush have it in every way possible, NOW it's time for us to be united as a country.

So sayeth our moral betters on the Left who couldn't resist jeering at Bush as he left the White House.

As Red Eye's Andy Levy puts it, in his "to don't" list for the Right:

"DON’T say or do everything in your power to drive this country apart and then claim you want unity when it’s your guy in power. This is like the convicted felon who conveniently finds God when he’s up for parole."

Gotta hand it to the Obama legion.

They can make standards that they instantly fail to uphold like nobody's business.

Welcome to the new post-racial and post-partisan age.

Oh, and if you're white, make sure to embrace what is right. (But only if you're white.)


matthew houskeeper said...

President Bush failed miserably in his response to Katrina.
You can spin it any way you want, there is plenty of blame to go around. But that does not absolve President Bush of his failures.

He was slow to respond.
He put a horse trainer in charge of FEMA.
He lied about being informed that the levies were in danger of breaching.
His own staff had to show him video to make him grasp how dire the situation was.
Dishonesty and incompetence all around!

Hawkins1701 said...

By all means, Matthew, include the woman in that video in your list of spinners.

Never said the federal response to Katrina was done well, but the local and state level was completely butchered. Need I remind you that school buses sat there so they could be flooded, all under the direction of Mayor Nagin?

But, placing any blame at the feet of Mayor Nagin or the Democrat Governor just isn't politically expedient for you, is it?

And hey, how has Obama's response to the snow disaster in Kentucky been?

Oh, that's right, he's too busy using Air Force One to go to perpetual campaign events to care about them.

Hey, after all, Kentucky was the first state to reject his Holiness, so the dumb hicks out there deserve it, don't they?