On Monday, as Hurricane Katrina was beginning the process of turning New Orleans and the Gulf Coast into something like hell, the president was talking up all the great things he’s done for Medicare recipients at a senior center in Southern California. He wanted to touch on some current events, though, before he started into telling everyone how much better he’d made their lives:
“… We’re praying for the folks that have been affected by this Hurricane
Katrina. We’re in constant contact with the local officials down there.
The storm is moving through, and we’re now able to assess damage, or
beginning to assess damage. And I want the people to know in the
affected areas that the federal government and the state government and
the local governments will work side-by-side to do all we can to help
get your lives back in order.
“This was a terrible storm. It’s a storm that hit with a lot of ferocity. It’s a
storm now that is moving through, and now it’s the time for governments
to help people get their feet on the ground.
For those of you who prayed for the folks in that area, I want to thank you
for your prayers. For those of you who are concerned about whether or
not we’re prepared to help, don’t be. We are. We’re in place. We’ve got
equipment in place, supplies in place. And once the — once we’re able
to assess the damage, we’ll be able to move in and help those good
folks in the affected areas.”
“For those of you who are concerned about whether or not we’re prepared to help, don’t be.” He didn’t quite say “mission accomplished.” But you have to view the clip — Bush with his cocksure “we done showed Saddam” smirk — to see that he really was saying “mission accomplished.”