Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Bush Takes Responsibility

In the end George Bush has to take responsibility. When [the rapper] Kanye West said the President does not care about black people, he was right, although the effects of his policies are different from what goes on in his soul. You have to distinguish between a racist intent and the racist consequences of his policies. Bush is still a 'frat boy', making jokes and trying to please everyone while the Neanderthals behind him push him more to the right.
—"Exiles from a City and from a Nation" by Cornel West in The Observer UK, via Truthout

Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government, and to the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility. I want to know what went right and what went wrong.
—George W. Bush at Sept. 13 press conference

When the man who can't remember making a mistake almost owns up to making a mistake, to the extent someone else made a mistake, maybe the soul has started to see the consequence of the policies.


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