The transcript is here, but I've pulled some of my favorite points:
- "Politician after politician — Republican and Democrat alike — has paraded before us, unwilling or unable to shut off the "I-Me" switch in their heads, condescendingly telling us about how moved they were or how devastated they were — congenitally incapable of telling the difference between the destruction of a city and the opening of a supermarket." [Amen to that. This should not be a photo op. At least have the grace to show up and DO something besides shaking hands and trying to look interested and solemn! Maybe you could even forgo the hair spray and makeup....]
- "No one is suggesting that mayors or governors in the afflicted areas, nor the federal government, should be able to stop hurricanes. Lord knows, no one is suggesting that we should ever prioritize levee improvement for a below-sea-level city, ahead of $454 million worth of trophy bridges for the politicians of Alaska." [No, we woudn't suggest that. Levees are boring, and only necessary in a couple of places and no one really knows what they are. EVERYone knows what a bridge is...we won't have to explain 'bridge' to W.]
- "And most chillingly of all, this is the Law and Order and Terror government. It promised protection — or at least amelioration — against all threats: conventional, radiological, or biological. It has just proved that it cannot save its citizens from a biological weapon called standing water." [Anyone who really thinks/thought that Bush/Cheney's policies are protecting us is on major drugs. And now we have proof that they don't know what they're doing; they can't even find Cheney, apparently!]
- "For many of this country's citizens, the mantra has been — as we were taught in Social Studies it should always be — whether or not I voted for this President — he is still my President. I suspect anybody who had to give him that benefit of the doubt stopped doing so last week." [Yes, I was taught that. Teaching that to Sparky is becoming increasingly difficult. Respect for an office that is becoming a laughingstock? Huh.]
- "Instead of hiding behind phrases like 'no one could have foreseen,' had he only remembered Winston Churchill's quote from the 1930's. 'The responsibility,' of government, Churchill told the British Parliament 'for the public safety is absolute and requires no mandate. It is in fact, the prime object for which governments come into existence.'" [Then again, Winnie could construct a sentence without a bug in his ear telling him what to say next.]
On a related note, I used to say that Barbara was the exception to the Bush Foot-in-Mouth Rule. No more:
[She] said "Almost everyone I’ve talked to says we're going to move to Houston."My eyes are rolling so far back in my head I can see my lizard brain. Puh-leeze. Take off your pearls, Babs, pull on those waders and shut yo mouth.
Then she added: "What I’m hearing which is sort of scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.
"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."