24 August 2006

STAGED . . .


I was first skeptical of Rocky Vaccarella when I saw the words "faux-FEMA trailer" in the local media before he headed off to Washington, DC from "da Parish." But it gets better as the trailer has morphed into something else in stories such as the one on this site:

Bush's comments came after a White House meeting on Wednesday with Louisiana activist Rockey Vaccarella who drove his FEMA trailer to the White House to thank the president for the trailers that many people now call home.

Nope. What was pulled up to DC was not a real FEMA trailer--it was a prop. Just like something else used as a prop.

And then during the photo-op on the South Lawn as this average, god-fearing (the cross very-carefully placed in view over his shirt) guy poses with the caring President (a guy just like old Rock--except that he attended Andover, Yale, Harvard, and owned a Major League Baseball team), old Rock drops this bomb:

"And I just wish the president could have another term in Washington."


From the Washington Post:

The Vaccarella visit was part of a preemptive effort by the White House to fend off fresh criticism of the administration's handling of Katrina as the first anniversary approaches.

Translation: STAGED. PLANTED. FAKE. ORCHESTRATED.

Games and more games. And this city and region continues to languish . . . .


The Times-Picayune's puff on yesterday's "highly unlikely" meeting.


TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Bush, Rocky Vaccarella, FEMA

8 Comments:

At August 24, 2006 10:20 AM, Blogger Eric said...

This right-wing hack that kissed Bush's ass in the "photo-op" yesterday at the White House is sickening. Nearly 2,000 dead, families torn apart, hundreds of thousands of homes gone, no FEMA aid for days or weeks, and this idiot is at the White House thanking Bush for the trailers!

What a joke...this has Karl Rove written all over it. If anyone buys this claptrap, I would like to sell them some land in Southeast Louisiana.

 
At August 24, 2006 11:53 AM, Blogger Hollis P. Wood said...

Ya think Rocky knows anyone in Chalmette who needs a trailer to live in? He should have given that trailer he pulled all the way to DC to someone who needs it. What a waste.

 
At August 24, 2006 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad you guys are finally seeing it our way. The best government is the one that governs least.

Didn't you see who was best at responding to the needs of people in the storm's aftermath? It was churches and non-profits and citizens groups. What has government ever delivered to you before that you were pleased with? It is a monstorous behemoth, slow to move, beleaguered by bureaucracy, always late, and always short of expectations. Add this to the gross incompetence of Governor Mee Maw and our idiot mayor and you have the perfect disaster!

You guys are starting to sound like Kathleen, Nagin & Spike Lee -- blame everything on the president (like he created the hurricane and brought it here). The US Army Corps failed New Orleans and FEMA followed up with a distastrously slow response.

The failure to educate four decades of children in this city and provide them an economy that is diverse with a mix of professional, skilled trade, and manufacturing jobs is the result of Democratic leadership. Washington DC has a large share of blame and responsibility in this game, but its time to turn the heat up on the failures at home.

I'm glad you realize that the Federal Government failed us. So did the State & local. Maybe you are becoming a conservative Republican and realize that government is not the answer to everything.

 
At August 24, 2006 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't want to argue but you may want to verify that the actions of this President qualify as the actions of a conservative Republican.

 
At August 26, 2006 12:17 AM, Blogger bayoustjohndavid said...

The T/P story was from a Washington bureau reporter. I don't know if they all work directly for Newhouse, but their email addresses all end differently than Picayune reporters. For all the bias at the Picayune, it seems to be worst with that bureau. I've thought that for at least twenty years, although I've only noticed the email thing recently.

In other words, the paper's national reporting has seemed to be dictated by the RNC. At least from my admittedly pro-Democrat viewpoint.

 
At August 26, 2006 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys are just a bunch of wimps allways agreeing with each other, when are you going to take your message to people who don't what is going on. How come no-one there has organized a bunch of people -- who happened to not get trailers -- and either go to this guys house or somewhere else to steal the media when the president arrives?

You guys are afraid to address the real issues here!

 
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