Saturday, September 17, 2005

"All hat, no cattle."

That's what Molly Ivins has said about Dubya all along - even when he was govenor of Molly's great state of Texas.

As in most things political (and some things not political) Miz Molly has been once again proven right.

And so it has come to pass that the very people who voted this President INTO and BACK INTO office (because, as a friend told me, "we need a strong leader") are the one who have been hurt by his policies. Dubya has shown that he and his administration can do sound bites, but when it comes to rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done - well, excuuuuuuuuuse me . . there's no one home in the White House.

Are we safer now than we were on September 10, 2001? I don't think so - maybe ariport security is better (if you have government workers doing it and not private enterprises in a for a buck).

Is our homeland safer? I don't think so. Not when you have looters running amok through the muck in flooded towns because the National Guard wasn't called out in time. When the governor of Louisiana calls the White House before history's strongest hurricane hits her shores and she has to LEAVE A FREAKIN' MESSAGE, we are definitely not safer. I wonder if she got one of those ubiquitous recordings : Press one for Karl. Press two for Dick. Press three for Brownie. Press zero for the President.

Picture from this week: Laura Bush in a shelter schmoozing with displaced children. Sweet Laura was wearing a heavy suit with a very large colorful scarf-thingy over it (out of style, puleeeeeeeze - even I know that and I shop at Fashion Bug). Okay, lady - isn't it time to roll up your designer sleeves and really DO something? I am reminded of Princess Diana walking through Africa in kakhis, white shirt and sneakers. And she was a PRINCESS for criminie's sake. Laura, you're no Diana.

So the President's approval ratings are slipping drastically. Hmmmmm? Could some of those people who no longer approve, be people who . . ah . . like . . . VOTED for him - twice, even?

Remember the old V8 commercial: Someone is drinking a soda and suddenly slaps their head, saying, "I could have had a V8." I guess there are a lot of people out there slapping their foreheads. "We coulda had a leader."

But what we have is a hat - and nothing under it.


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