Most of them when it comes to political blogging, I leave that to the "experts."
But yesterday when I heard the news
and saw the videotape of Bush being warned about the very real damage and impact Hurricane Katrina was going to have, I felt sick to my stomach.
I voted for Bush--both times. In both cases, I felt he was the right man for the job and I voted according to what I felt was best for the leadership of our country. I did my homework, I researched both candidates, I listened to the debates and I considered all of these when I came to make my decision. Certainly, there have been times in the past few years that Bush has said and done things that I've not agreed with. But I still respected the man and the office he holds.
But as I read, think about and pray about the situation with Hurricane Katrina, I can't help but keep coming back to the feeling of being utterly and completely horrified and upset. From what I can tell, Bush knew of the potential for damage and instead of stepping up and being a leader, he delegated. And those he delegated to dropped the ball. To make it worse, he then went out and lied to the American people about it, I guess hoping this video would never see the light of day.
Sorry, Mr. President, but if the video footage of Paris Hilton getting it on with Nicole Lenz can make the Net, you should've figured this videotape would get out.
The thing is--no matter how you try to spin it, the simple fact is that Bush went on TV a few days later and said he wasn't warned of how devestating the storm would be. Which we find out now--that's a huge lie! Part of me could point out that the Democrats might have an inkling of how Republicans felt with Clinton in office, when he lied about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. But the simple thing is--neither side should have to know how it feels to be lied to by a person elected to office and in whom we placed trust to guide our country and to be our representative to the world.
It's hard to stand with the President and this administration when stuff like this comes out. I still respect the office of the Presidency, but I admit I'm finding it harder to respect the man who holds that office these days.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 3/03/2006 11:32:00 AM