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Old 09-05-2005, 10:10 AM   #16
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A week of phot ops is upon us. The next week is going to be the ugliest in modern American pliitcal history. I am making predication tomorrow..let's see if Bush is still"embattled " a week from now.

From grilling Fed officials for a week in his studio on "Nightline", it was announced last Night that Ted Coppel is going to be doing his program all next week instead "embedded" with a NationaL Guard Unit in NOLA. Wow! Wonder if he volunteered for that? ALL WEEK? This does 2 things: one: it deflects questions as to why the Feds do nothing, dince you can't ask tought questions to Federal officials while haivng a rifled solider next to you. Support the troops, you know. And 2) it gets you off the streets of NOLA ALONE AND UNACCOMPANIED< where you are free to see things the Feds maybe don't want you to see. This is going to be happening while Bush blitzes the media with a blizzzard of photo ops next week. He was doing photo ops this week, but the diff is, we had media who were unchained and free to raom allover and get into the the places that wewre hard to get to and bring you those vital stories aobut people dying and FEAM delaying iad.

And they say that the media is really not a rah-rah cheerleading section for Bush?
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I'm sorry but Condoleezza Rice was shopping for shoes on Thursday.
Yes, as Secretary of State (that's foreign affairs, folks), she should have opened discussions with all the Carribean nations that allowed Katrina to pass through their countries on the way to the US.

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Yes, as Secretary of State (that's foreign affairs, folks), she should have opened discussions with all the Carribean nations that allowed Katrina to pass through their countries on the way to the US.

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Maybe she could have coordinated the aid offers that are coming in from foreign countries.
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Old 09-05-2005, 10:57 AM   #19
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A politician must be automatically image concious to succeed. Perception is even more important than reality in these days of mass media. It's why the public behaviour of many officials days after the disaster was so shocking to me. It seems to highlight their lack of awareness of the disaster. It would also therefore indicate a complete lack of awareness by their aides and advisors at high levels of our government.

I've tried to be level headed and fair in my gathering of information. I've tried to avoid jumping to conclusions and looked for secondary sources for things that seemed outrageous and am sad to see anyone simply dismiss the shock of some of the evidence as simple politicizing.
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Maybe she could have coordinated the aid offers that are coming in from foreign countries.
And you have no idea if she is. The shoe buying makes the best sound bite
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Frankly, I'm shocked and dismayed that they would try to put the blame on the local gov't for this. Shameful. Imagine, trying to blame someone for a natural disaster. No one does that! You can't just say "so-and-so governmental unit failed and needs to takes some responsibility". Where whould anyone get the idea that that is an appropriate response at a time like this? Shameful.


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Old 09-05-2005, 11:58 AM   #22
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And you have no idea if she is. The shoe buying makes the best sound bite
I'm sorry but this is not about soundbites. This is about the fact that days after the worst natural disaster in American history, the Secretary of State felt that shopping for shoes in New York was a better use of her time than being in an office contributing to the relief effort.
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The most cynical of people expected Bush to blame the Democratic state and local officials. Funny how cynical people always end up right these days.

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The blaming on this forum has become comical to me.
It's Bono's fault. If he weren't helping all those Africans ...!

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I would say this in Condi's Defense......

Maybe she was buying boots to wade through on her tour on Sunday?

Seriously, how would we know what foreign AID we need when there are serious battles to fight over like who is in charge?
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I'm sorry but this is not about soundbites. This is about the fact that days after the worst natural disaster in American history, the Secretary of State felt that shopping for shoes in New York was a better use of her time than being in an office contributing to the relief effort.
It is soundbites for the media. It is chest thumping indignation for us.

Perhaps if she posed for photographers behind a desk, we'd all feel better.

Or do we latch on to superficial images too easily?
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I would say this in Condi's Defense......

Maybe she was buying boots to wade through on her tour on Sunday?

Seriously, how would we know what foreign AID we need when there are serious battles to fight over like who is in charge?
So she needed a pair of wellington boots (oh man, i just wanted an excuse to say wellington boots cause i love those words). How's about she gives one of her assistants a sum of money, tells them what size she takes and lets them go shoe shopping on her behalf. Alternatively how's about she pops into a local shoe shop after work instead of shutting down a New York street to shop in an exclusive store?



And wasn't it always obvious that foreign aid would be welcomed and needed? Did she really need to wait to find out by what means the aid would be distributed once it arrived?

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It is soundbites for the media. It is chest thumping indignation for us.

Perhaps if she posed for photographers behind a desk, we'd all feel better.

Or do we latch on to superficial images too easily?
I guess I can only speak for myself, but to me this is nothing to do with "soundbites" or "chest thumping indignation." It is simply that I find it unacceptable that days after the worst natural disaster in US history a senior member of the government believed that going shopping was a better use of her time than helping coordinate the relief effort.

I don't want her posing for photos behind her desk, I want her sitting at her desk doing the job she receives a salary for.
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I don't want her posing for photos behind her desk, I want her sitting at her desk doing the job she receives a salary for.
And who's to say she is not. I'm sure we wouldn't want to be judgmental here.
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And who's to say she is not. I'm sure we wouldn't want to be judgmental here.
You're right. She probably just went up to New York to buy expensive shoes on her lunch hour.
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