Wednesday, September 14, 2005
It has been a busy couple of days here at planetsean global HQ but, though stressed with personal matters, two items of public interest did manage to snag my frazzled attention.
Firstly, our once unsinkable President, yesterday with much hemming and hawing and after, I’m sure, deep PR analysis by his handlers, eked out a half-hearted claim of presidential responsibility for the federal government’s criminally negligent handling of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating aftermath.
The HMS Bush’s panicked Rovian band, with tardy and unprecedented flutings of responsibility, is hoping to slow Mr. Bush’s titanic poll plunge with a metaphoric version of Nearer My God To Thee coupled with a ladies first dispatch of the Laura Bush PR lifeboat.
As the President, before a captive East Room audience, was stammering, “Uh, Katrina, uh, exposed serious problem in our response capability”, the First Lady managed to bail a little good news water for reporters and her primary Hurricane Corina, er, Katrina survivor, Bushie:
"At each of the shelters I've visited, I've never heard a single word of complaint…and we've seen unbelievably unselfish acts of giving…many more unselfish acts of giving than bad things…the media hasn't shown us that much, but we've read about it and we do know about it. "
While I am no expert in the art of bailing, I'm thinking Mrs. Bush needs a bigger bucket.
As with the brave stalwarts of April 15,1912, these last minute efforts of the First Lady and the HMS Bush PR orchestra will not halt an inexorable descent into the dark, icy waters of, in this case, public opinion.
Modified Image: Wright-photo.com, MSNBC