Thursday, March 09, 2006

UPDATE: And here is the source of the embarrassment and humiliation, playing dress-up like a frat boy at a costume party for cheap political points while entire neighborhoods are still submerged in water with the houses and all their contents untouched six months after the hurricane, and the city looking like a war zone, with no electricity, no traffic or street lights, and cleanup volunteers getting nasty infections from handling stuff that's been sitting in fetid water since the end of August. Perhaps my memory is faulty, and if so please correct me, but I don't recall Pres. Bush posing for photo ops dressed up like a firefighter in the ruins of the World Trade Center. He is disgusting -- a disgusting excuse for a human being.

FAITH HILL AND TIM McGRAW, arguably America's most famous country music couple, blasted the disastrous Katrina non-cleanup effort today, at a press conference to promote their latest tour; and they held Bush responsible. The country music industry is normally very middle-of-the-road politically; so it's quite notable when two of the biggest country stars mention politics at all, much less criticize the way Pres. Bush has handled the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw -- two stars who usually stay out of politics -- blasted the Hurricane Katrina cleanup effort, with Hill calling the slow progress in Louisiana and Mississippi "embarrassing" and "humiliating."

The country music artists -- who are natives of the storm-ravaged states -- were at times close to tears, and clearly angry when the subject of Katrina came up during a news conference today. They had met with reporters in Nashville to promote their upcoming Soul2Soul II Tour, but when asked about the hurricane cleanup, the stars pulled no punches.

"To me, there's a lot of politics being played and a lot of people trying to put people in bad positions in order to further their agendas," McGraw, a 38-year-old native of Delhi, La., said after ABC News Radio's Dan Gordon asked about Katrina.

"When you have people dying because they're poor and black or poor and white, or because of whatever they are -- if that's a number on a political scale -- then that is the most wrong thing. That erases everything that's great about our country."

McGraw specifically criticized President Bush. "There's no reason why someone can't go down there who's supposed to be the leader of the free world ... and say, 'I'm giving you a job to do and I'm not leaving here until it's done. And you're held accountable, and you're held accountable, and you're held accountable.

"'This is what I've given you to do, and if it's not done by the time I get back on my plane, then you're fired and someone else will be in your place. '"


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