Three years after hurricane Katrina drowned a very special American city, while George W. Bush and John McCain celebrated the latter's birthday in Sedona, Karina's brother, Gustav, threatens the GOP's biggest party of all. Then, the president seemed oblivious to what the rest of us were seeing on our TeeVee screens. Now, he is so "busy" at emergency command stations, he may not have time to visit McCain's nominating convention.
Gee. Too bad, eh John?
There is little doubt in my mind that McCain is praying for a disaster. Out of pure selflessness and leadership, he can turn the GOP convention into a telethon for the Gulf Coast and save himself and his party from looking like losers, compared to what just took place in Denver.
Yep, that's just what people want right now, to be asked for more money at a time when everyone is suffering from disaster fatigue and everything neccessary for life in America costs much more than it did only a year ago.
He can make a couple of trips to the disaster zone, looking presidential, before he is even officially nominated.
Nevertheless, no matter what he does, this is a storm that will remind the nation of the horror of Katrina. The almost comedic (had people not been killed in massive nmbers and lost everything they had) very late response by the Bush administration will be remembered as well. The fact that little has been done in New Orleans till this day by the federal government, and New Orleans is a major port city shoud not go unnoticed. Its suvival is of very high importance to the nation and its security.
So, where is Cheney? With Junior so engaged, Cheney doesn't have much to do. He could come to the convention.
Maybe he's busy trying to tie Gustav to Iran.
The Republican National Convention is set to kick off Monday in
"I wouldn't call it a nightmare, but it is a very perplexing challenge," said a
"He wants to do something service-oriented if and when the storm hits and it's as bad as its expected to be now," the
They are also hoping to get
A Republican official involved in convention planning said that various options are being explored, including having the president speak to Republican delegates via satellite and updating them on the storm rather than traveling to
The storm has forced last-minute changes in the convention's announced schedule: If the convention -- originally scheduled to start Monday -- commences by Tuesday, former
Other changes were being contemplated Saturday afternoon.
The hardest decisions, like whether to cancel a day or two of the four-day gathering or to or condense days, will be made at the last second,
There are two scenarios under consideration for
That decision will probably not be made until Sunday evening or Monday.
Officials won't discuss in detail how
Earlier Saturday, President
The president ordered federal aid to supplement state and local efforts in the areas in the forecast path of Hurricane Gustav.
The president pledged the full support of the
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