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NY Times: White House Enacts a Plan to Ease Political Damage

The MSM wants it both ways....

First they attack, and then when they are called for their blantent misreporting and outright misprepresetations, they take the other side and attack Bush for the audacity.

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 - Under the command of President Bush's two senior political advisers, the White House rolled out a plan this weekend to contain the political damage from the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina.

It orchestrated visits by cabinet members to the region, leading up to an extraordinary return visit by Mr. Bush planned for Monday, directed administration officials not to respond to attacks from Democrats on the relief efforts, and sought to move the blame for the slow response to Louisiana state officials, according to Republicans familiar with the White House plan.

The effort is being directed by Mr. Bush's chief political adviser, Karl Rove, and his communications director, Dan Bartlett. It began late last week after Congressional Republicans called White House officials to register alarm about what they saw as a feeble response by Mr. Bush to the hurricane, according to Republican Congressional aides.

As a result, Americans watching television coverage of the disaster this weekend began to see, amid the destruction and suffering, some of the most prominent members of the administration - Richard B. Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Donald H. Rumsfeld, the secretary of defense; and Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state - touring storm-damaged communities.

Mr. Bush is to return to Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday; his first visit, on Friday, left some Republicans cringing, in part because the president had little contact with residents left homeless.

Republicans said the administration's effort to stanch the damage had been helped by the fact that convoys of troops and supplies had begun to arrive by the time the administration officials turned up. All of those developments were covered closely on television.

In many ways, the unfolding public relations campaign reflects the style Mr. Rove has brought to the political campaigns he has run for Mr. Bush. For example, administration officials who went on television on Sunday were instructed to avoid getting drawn into exchanges about the problems of the past week, and to turn the discussion to what the government is doing now.

"We will have time to go back and do an after-action report, but the time right now is to look at what the enormous tasks ahead are," Michael Chertoff, the secretary of Homeland Security, said on "Meet the Press" on NBC.

One Republican with knowledge of the effort said that Mr. Rove had told administration officials not to respond to Democratic attacks on Mr. Bush's handling of the hurricane in the belief that the president was in a weak moment and that the administration should not appear to be seen now as being blatantly political. As with others in the party, this Republican would discuss the deliberations only on condition of anonymity because of keen White House sensitivity about how the administration and its strategy would be perceived."

Let me summerize the rest of this article: Bull crap.

First, the Administration didn't stoop to the toilet politics of the Democrats and the MSM, attacking methods while bodies floated in the streets.

Secondly, the first responsibility with any disaster is the Local and State government NOT the Federal Government. FEMA wasn't created to save you, but to ASSIST State and Local officials.

I said it before, and will again here, the Federal Government virtural take over of an inept local and state government is the story here. Four days to get help on the ground is good - real good.

Basically the Federal Government relieved both Nagin and Blanco of command in regards to Katrina recovery efforts. That's the story.

Leaders just get the job done. Leadership is something Nagin and Blanco know nothing about. Real Leaders don't blame others for their failures - they accept their failures

Just look at the amount of help that came in on Friday IN FORCE.

Within 24 hours of the Government's arrival people were taken to safety, rescues effected, people fed and sheltered. Which tell you that this help was waiting for the time to be right and when it was the Government acted and acted precisely, without a bunch of bitching and complaining.

Overall, and no the response wasn't perfect, it was pretty damn good considering the magnitude of the disaster - damn good.

But the MSM will rant over the four days when NOBODY on the local and state level did a damn thing except bitch, moan, and show how completely and utterly incompentant they are now and in the future to be in public service. Instead of shifting the blame to the Federal Government, Mayor Nagin shouting, "Where is the help?" Instead of answering the question, "Why didn't you move the poor out of harms way"? Pathetic. The blood of hundreds of poor are on YOUR hands Mr. Mayor. You are a coward and a disgrace.

THAT IS the story, and that is - no matter what propaganda the NY Times, Washington Post or the DNC puts out - it's the truth.

UPDATE: Read more about how the system is supposed to work and twisting of truth by the MSM here.

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