At a news conference, Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush's choice for head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency had "absolutely no credentials."
She related that she had urged Bush at the White House on Tuesday to fire Michael Brown.
"He said 'Why would I do that?'" Pelosi said.
"'I said because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right last week.' And he said 'What didn't go right?'"
"Oblivious, in denial, dangerous," she added. [From SFGate, via AMERICAblog.]
It's bad enough that a political appointee of Bush's has done such an egregious job as head of FEMA. But for the President of the United States to completely deny that there were any deficiencies in the Federal Government's response is just breathtaking. What crass incompetence we have in our highest executive office!
This is simply proof positive that the Republican Party's ideology is not a proper governing ideology. After all, how can the party that wants to, in the words of Grover Norquist, drown the Federal Government in a bathtub, be the proper or even logical stewards of it? Clearly, as they have demonstrated this week, they cannot be trusted to safeguard this country against any sort of disaster, be it natural or otherwise. A political party that has, as part of its platform, a clear hostility towards government agencies, should damn sure not be running those same agencies!
Please, America, it is time to put the grown-ups back in charge. George W. Bush and his crony appointees are in too far over their heads and our country is not safe with them in control. We need responsible leadership, not the college roommate of a campaign fund raiser.
(Psst! Mr. Reid, Ms. Clinton, Mr. Biden...this is where the Opposition Party is supposed to step in! Dr. Dean, are you there? Hello? Just follow Ms. Pelosi, she knows where we should be going!)