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Bush Refers to New Orleans as "That Part of the World", and More Praise for Big Brother

Reported by Janie - September 3, 2005 -

Yesterday (9/2) Dayside was once again off the air. Bill Hemmer continued coverage through the one o'clock hour, along with Gretchen Carlson.

They turned one segment over to Greg Kelly, live from the White House. He began with: "From the President of the United States we are hearing an increasingly frank and serious tone to describe the catastrophe that he is in the middle of now, in the southeast, before leaving the White House, he said the results so far in the recovery effort are quote ‘not acceptable”. Now later he had praise for the rescue workers and officials involved in this effort. He met with the Governors of Mississippi and Alabama in Mobile. During that briefing he said they were doing a heck of a job, and on the recovery efforts, the President wants to be firmly out in front on this disaster after days where some questioned if he was engaged enough. Whether the administration grasped the enormity of the situation. Was the President strong enough in his words, compassionate. Well this morning, what ever the problems are, whatever the shortcomings in the recovery, the President’s message is that those will be fixed.

Comment: All Kelly bothers to do is give us the Bush's words, and refuses to acknowledge the disconnect between his statements and actions.

He continued by playing a clip from Bush's press conference in Mobile yesterday: "My attitude is if it’s not going exactly right, we’re going to make it go exactly right. If there’s problems, we’re going to address those problems. And that’s what I’ve come down to assure people."

Comment: How are you going to make things right? How are you going to make it right for those that have already died due to hunger because of your snail's pace reaction time? Do you have a magic time machine to go back in time and make it "exactly right" for those people?

Kelly went on: "Now prior to today, the Presidents extent of surveying the damage, was the Air Force One flyby on Wednesday from altitudes of more than 1,000 feet. Today, he’ll see the devastation much more up close. At this moment, he is walking the streets of Biloxi, MS, a neighborhood tour, and when he’s in the air, helicopters can operate at tree top level. Still the President seemed haunted by what he saw on that first aerial tour."

Comment: He seemed haunted by what he saw on Wednesday? Which Bush are you talking about Kelly? If he seemed so "haunted" by what he saw, why did he refuse to take any sort of action for another TWO DAYS?

Kelly inserted another clip from Bush at this point: "It’s as if the entire Gulf Coast were obliterated by the worst kind of weapon you can imagine. And now we’re going to go try to comfort people in that part of the world."

Comment: You're going to "comfort" people in "that part of the world"? COMFORT? The people of New Orleans need much more than comfort right now... like food, water, clothes, secure shelter, etc. He then referred to the people of New Orleans as "people in that part of the world". What part of the world? AMERICA? The disconnect here is astounding, and these Fox pundits refuse to acknowledge it.

Kelly finished up: "Now from Biloxi, it’s back in the air, he’ll survey the Gulf Coast, and then it’s off to New Orleans, it’s unclear at this point if the President will get out of his helicopter in the city of New Orleans itself. Scott McClellan, the President’s Secretary said that the President wants to that, however, it’s still unclear if he will be able to. Of course, the security situation there is extremely precarious, not at all conducive to a Presidential visit."

Comment: You're absolutely right, the conditions are not conducive to a Presidential visit, but guess what? It's not conducive living conditions for the people that are stranded there either.

Fox presents a rosy picture of how Bush is handling things, showed clips of his empty words, and refused to call him on any of them. More love for Big Brother...