Saturday, September 10, 2005

Bush Pulls the Tired, Ragged 9/11 Card Once Again

This time in response to Katrina. It's like he just can't help himself. From the Columbia Daily Tribune:

Bush links hurricane, Sept. 11 attacks

Published Friday, September 9, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) - President George W. Bush, linking hurricane recovery and the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks four years ago, declared today that the nation was ready to "overcome any challenge."

"America is a strong and resilient nation," Bush said.

Meanwhile, the federal bill for Hurricane Katrina relief soared past $62 billion, and the White House and members of Congress said it was bound to keep climbing. Bush scheduled his third trip to the devastated region for the weekend.

Congress rapidly and overwhelmingly voted last night to fulfill an urgent plea for $51.8 billion, adding to $10.5 billion that was approved last week for hurricane victims.

Today, he spoke about the hurricane at the swearing-in for Karen Hughes, the Department of State’s new undersecretary for public diplomacy - a post designed to lift America’s image abroad to help win the war on terror.

Bush said that more than 100 nations had offered help after the hurricane, and he compared that to "a similar outpouring of support when another tragedy struck our nation" - the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.

His speech marked the first of several steps in which the White House is seeking to intertwine the challenge of the anti-terror battle with the effort to recover from the hurricane.

Bush was to travel to Mississippi and Louisiana over the weekend, Press Secretary Scott McClellan said. That trip was to follow Bush’s attendance at a church service and a White House moment of silence marking the fourth anniversary on Sunday of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Posted by crimnos @ 8:00 AM