Dubya does Biloxi

Maybe I'm wrong and my senses are addled by anger, but there is something very seriously creepy -- not even in a sexual way -- about the way George Bush is hanging on to these two young women from Biloxi in this MSNBC video. (I'm not even going to talk about the ass-kissing voice-over from the news anchor) And I *don't* think my reaction has anything to do with the fact that they're black at all -- except in the sense that it is likely a PR photo-op to deflect the race critique. It's just the way he keeps holding them close, hugging them and kissing them on the head -- and just doesn't let go. I mean if this was Clinton we'd all be seriously grossed out. Here's the LINK for the video. Let me know what you make of it.

Then again, if these are the same women that this AP report is talking about, then what he told them is a lot more egregious:

In Biloxi, Miss., Bush encountered two weeping women on a street where a house had collapsed and towering trees were stripped of their branches. "My son needs clothes," said Bronwynne Bassier, 23, clutching several trash bags. "I don't have anything."
"I understand that," Bush said. He kissed both women on their heads and walked with his arms around them, telling them they could get help from the Salvation Army. "Hang in there," he said. [LINK]
When the hurricane strikes, who you gonna call -- definitely not Uncle Sam, apparently.

I also looked up Bush's comments to the press while he was down in Mississippi because of the reaction of House Rep Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) on MSNBC News Live, who was very angry at Bush for unfavorably comparing the National Guard in Mississippi with that of Louisiana, saying that the President owed the Louisiana Guard an apology, especially since a good number of them were over in Iraq.

In the MSNBC video of Bush's statements -- which also includes usual bullshit about Iraq -- he doesn't come out and call the Louisiana Guard incompetent, but it is clearly implied. To paraphrase: results are acceptable in Mississippi but not in Louisiana; the National Guard there needs to get in to New Orleans and help these people etc. etc. All of which implies that they're not doing their job. I'll post the transcript when it becomes available. [LINK]

UPDATE: Here's the transcript of the conversation between Dubya and the two women:

Bush to women: "There's a Salvation Army center that I want to, that I'll tell you where it is, and they'll get you some help. I'm sorry.... They'll help you.....

Woman 1: "I came here looking for clothes..."

Bush: "They'll get you some clothes, at the Salvation Army center..."

Woman 1: "We don't have anything..."

Bush: "I understand.... Do you know where the center is, that I'm talking to you about?"

Guy with shades: "There's no center there, sir, it's a truck."

Bush: "There's trucks?"

Guy: "There's a school, a school about two miles away....."

Bush: "But isn't there a Salvation center down there?"

Guy: "No that's wiped out...."

Bush: "A temporary center? "

Guy: "No sir they've got a truck there, for food."

Bush: "That's what I'm saying, for food and water."

Bush turns to the sister who's been saying how she needs clothes.

Bush to sister: "You need food and water."

[Via Daily Kos]

To quote the friend who sent me the link: "clueless f'n idiot." Of course, this makes the fawning voice-over in the video clip all the more hilarious.

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