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More News on Bush’s Fake–and Deadly–Photo Ops

September 5th, 2005

Two more items have surfaced on Bush’s fake photo op to the damaged areas. The first item has to do with the already-observed fact that one of the backdrops for Bush’s visit was a coast guard hangar with at least two helicopters sitting idle while people suffered and died from lack of rescue not far away. Why were the coast guard helicopters and several coast guard officers just sitting there doing nothing when thousands were still in peril? So they could make Bush look presidential.

Here’s the new item: according to a NOLA.com (a Times-Picayune subsidiary) story, air traffic in the area was halted for security reasons while Bush was there:

Three tons of food ready for delivery by air to refugees in St. Bernard Parish and on Algiers Point sat on the Crescent City Connection bridge Friday afternoon as air traffic was halted because of President Bush’s visit to New Orleans, officials said.

The provisions, secured by U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, and state Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom, baked in the afternoon sun as Bush surveyed damage across southeast Louisiana five days after Katrina made landfall as a Category 4 storm, said Melancon’s chief of staff, Casey O’Shea.

“We had arrangements to airlift food by helicopter to these folks, and now the food is sitting in trucks because they won’t let helicopters fly,” O’Shea said Friday afternoon.

The second item: the U.S. media continues to whore for Bush: note that even in criticisms, none mention Bush by name; none point in his direction, though they do point at others, specifically Democratic Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin; and none of the aired interviews with survivors contain references to Bush, though a brief glance at international stories show that survivors regularly blast Bush severely–so why barely a hint of this gets through in the U.S. press?

The second item is in a story reported on by Dutch ZDF, a public television network, an organization with a reputation for good reporting. The story goes beyond the photo op that the American media slavishly abides by. It reports that Bush’s visit was carefully staged for the cameras: flunkies came through an area, disposing of dead bodies and clearing the worst or most unsightly of debris; disaster aid was brought in specially so Bush could be seen in front of assistance brought; and then immediately following Bush’s visit, the aid was removed, and the town left to fend for itself just as before. In short, a Potemkin village, a sham, a facade for the cameras. The story is here; this is a crude Google translation; this is a more sophisticated translation by a viewer:

“Clean-up operation only for Bush?

Where the US President visited the disaster area, aid units cleaned up the area. But only there. Reporting from Biloxi, ZDF correspondent Claudia Rueggeberg cited desperate inhabitants [of Biloxi telling her] Bush should have transported aid materials inside his limousines instead of a bunch of body guards and media correspondents.

Along his [Bush] travel route aid units removed debris and recovered corpses. Then Bush left and along with him, all aid troops left too. The situation in Biloxi remains unchanged, nothing has arrived, everything is still needed.”

In short, Bush grounded rescue operations and then prettied up small portions of the area so he could pose in front of faked relief efforts, while real food sat baking in the sun, and rescue operations ground to a halt. If these reports are indeed true, Bush would then be without question guilty of killing Americans in distress for the base purpose of a political photo opportunity.

But hey, there are two ultra-conservative Supreme Court justices to nominate–how can the U.S. media be expected to keep up?

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  1. September 5th, 2005 at 23:03 | #1

    There are a few of us back here at home trying to keep up with reality, pulling news from every source to get the truth of things. Right now I’m pretty worried about America. Bush is just not the leader we need at the helm. In fact I have to smile ironically when I used the word leader in the same sentence with the name Bush. Right now things are getting under control in New Orleans (relatively speaking) and the American people are doing a bang up job of taking care of the folks from the Gulf Coast, but issues of race and class are a boiling undercurrent on every site I visit. Sometimes I get the slightly paranoid feeling that if the breeze blows just right we might end up with a situation like the L.A. Riots multiplied across every major city.

  2. kissimmeefla
    September 6th, 2005 at 14:36 | #2

    I live in FL. & I ain’t no fan the Jebster..but, I watched him & the game. He was referring to returning the help other stes gave us last year. Let’s not spin it the way the Fox does all the time.

  3. Paul Averitt
    September 6th, 2005 at 15:19 | #3

    It seems obvious at this point to all who can see and hear the truth that what little relief and rescue WAS put into action immediately after the storm was done so solely by state and local authorities and private citizens while the tax-subsidized organizations and appointees on the federal level simply sat on their hands and ignored the numerous calls to perform the duties that they are specifically created for and assigned to, deaf to the desparate cries for help from the people whose safety they are charged with ensuring.
    It should shame this administration enough knowing they have dropped EVERY SINGLE BALL THAT COULD BE DROPPED concerning this long-anticipated disaster.
    But to hear that now, on top of that, these essential and better-late-than-never relief efforts were HALTED for even a little while in order for this guy to take a few fake pictures and act like he cares?!?!
    I wonder how many people died in the time it took him to have his Kodac moment? How many drowned, died of hunger or thirst, exposure to the elements, disease, etc?
    And I wonder how… and this is the most baffling question for me… HOW can this man sleep at night?
    I hope the faces and the cries of the suffering and dead haunt his every dream for the rest of his life. He’s certainly deserved the extra attention.

  4. September 7th, 2005 at 07:15 | #4

    I have a glimmer of hope that we are getting back the press we lost with 9-11. They are beginning to ask tough questions once again! Maybe America’s Conservative elite media will pick up on this and begin to report it.

  5. Hans van der Kraan
    September 7th, 2005 at 07:25 | #5


    Hans from The Netherlands here. Please correct little mistake in “More News on Bush’s Fake–and Deadly–Photo Ops” The “ZDF” is a German broadcaster, NOT a Dutch one.

    Sincerly Yours,

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