Sunday, March 04, 2007

Damned if you don't, damned if you do

This is why a President needs to ignore 98% of all criticism.

This past weekend, seemingly determined to get it right, he -- along with his PR crew -- hightailed it to Georgia and Alabama to express depict concern for a ready batch of storm victims. (The region had just been victimized by a violent tornado.)

Apparently, the visual geniuses at the White House saw a quick opportunity to "do over" the politically catastrophic images of Bush's Katrina fly-by. Certainly, this result (featured on Sunday's White House photo gallery) is a dramatic and detailed image, putting the President that much closer to the scene.

As much as pictures can be tweaked to make you look good, however, they can just as easily reveal your hand. Besides attempting to profit off the local misery, one has to wonder just how many potential relief dollars went into hiring a whole second helicopter just to ferry the camera man to visualize such compassion.

You just can't win with these idiots. Personally, if my town gets hit by a catastrophic disaster, I don't want any President, Democrat or Republican, there unless he is helping my neighbors dig my carcass out of the debris. Presidents do not need to go to disaster scenes to do their jobs, and if anything they get in the way of the recovery, even though the current expectation is that they go to empathize. But for asses like this, it is all about scoring points on a Republican president.

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