May 16, 2005

President Bush had no freaking clue!

The White House, Capitol, and the headquarters of both political parties were evacuated due to a possible terror threat on May 11 and know one told President Bush.

David Corn ...
When national security adviser Stephen Hadley appeared on Fox News Sunday yesterday, he was asked about the decision not to clue in Bush. No surprise: he said everything went fine. What happened that day, Hadley maintained, is "how the system's supposed to work." Really? Is it national security protocol to clear out the White House and not inform the guy who lives there? Suppose that the threat had been real--the plane was spraying a biological agent or carrying a dirty (or, worse, a nuclear) bomb--or that this aircraft was part of a larger, coordinated attack involving other aircraft near Washington and elsewhere. (Anyone remember 9/11?) Would we want the president working on his heart rate instead of being briefed, assessing the situation, and preparing to make what could be a difficult decision? [...]

Still, Hadley insisted all had gone well. Moreover, he noted that Bush had not been the least bit upset that he had not been told about the episode until after the all-clear had been issued. "The president is satisfied that the proper procedures were followed,"" Hadley said, noting that Bush has not "directed any changes in the procedure." That means Bush--who likes to depict himself as Mr. Decisive--didn't tell his aides, Damnit, next time this happens, get me off of the bike. Or could it be that Hadley and other Bush aides--by putting out this spin--are making Bush look bad to cover up their mistake?

This was a significant screw-up. (Imagine what conservatives would say if a President Kerry had wind-surfed through a similar episode.) Even if Bush and his gang can't bring themselves to acknowledge this error in public, let's hope that they do realize mistakes were made and that they are making sure that next time such an incident occurs Bush does indeed take a break from breaking a sweat to do his job.
Unbelievable! They did not want to interrupt the President bike ride. President Bush of was not notified that his wife was evacuated from the White House due to a possible terror threat and he was not mad about it. The latest example of Republican family values.


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