Thursday, March 02, 2006

Why 34% Won't Be The Lowest Number Junior Sees this Month

Compare these two statements. First this:

SAWYER: But given the fact that everyone anticipated a hurricane [Category] Five, a possible hurricane Five hitting shore, are you satisfied with the pace at which this is arriving? And at which it was planned to arrive?

BUSH: Well, I fully understand people wanting things to have happened yesterday. I mean, I understand the -- anxiety of people on the ground. I can imagine -- I just can't imagine what it's like to be waving a sign that says, "Come and get me now." So there is frustration. But I want people to know there is a lot of help coming. I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees. They did anticipate a serious storm. But these levees got breached, and as a result, much of New Orleans is flooded. And now we are having to deal with it and will. (emphasis added)

Then this:

I don't think any model can tell you with any confidence right now whether the levees will be topped or not but that is obviously a very, very grave concern.

The last statement was given by Max Mayfield from the National Weather Service on August 29th to a video conference which included the President. And it certainly sounds to me that someone anticipated a possible levee breach. (Of course, no one said "Mr. President the levees will breach!", but you would hope that he would get the message nonetheless.)

(You can watch the video here.)

Somehow I think that the WH will be looking fondly at the Cheney shooting story by the end of the month. These guys can't do anything right when it comes to governing. I think that's sinking in to both independents and GOPers now.