get a grip

El Presidente has finally made a statement (no rush – he was on vacation of course) about the tsunami disaster, where right now it’s looking like more than 100,000 people may have died, and nobody knows how many are homeless, facing hunger, thirst, disease… Even in the mainstream media there’s some criticism of Bush in the fact that he took so long to even say anything, and the article obviously makes the connection between what’s happened there and what happened here in 2001 when much of the world very quickly made statements – even if they didn’t contain specifics they at least expressed shock and condolences. From the article:

There was an international outpouring of support after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and even some administration officials familiar with relief efforts said they were surprised that Bush had not appeared personally to comment on the tsunami tragedy. ‘It’s kind of freaky,’ a senior career official said.

It’s more than that, it’s a lost opportunity to show American ideals of compassion and leadership and it’s frankly yet another embarrassment from an embarrassing leader.

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