A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, March 02, 2006

"Gang aft agley"

Libs have been going insane over the fact that there is a video showing President Bush, before Hurricane Katrina, saying he was confident everything was ready and in place.

So what? They apparently have never heard of Robbie Burns and his famous line from his famous poem "To a Mouse":

The best-laid schemes o mice an men
Gang aft agley,
Translation: "The best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry."

This happens in life.

My question is: what do they say about this complete failure of a government official?

AP: Video Shows Blanco Saying Levees Intact---

WASHINGTON - In the hectic, confused hours after Hurricane Katrina lashed the Gulf Coast, Louisiana's governor hesitantly but mistakenly assured the Bush administration that New Orleans' protective levees were intact, according to a new video obtained by The Associated Press showing briefings that day with federal officials.

"We keep getting reports in some places that maybe water is coming over the levees," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said shortly after noon on Aug. 29, according to the video that was obtained Thursday night. "We heard a report unconfirmed, I think, we have not breached the levee. I think we have not breached the levee at this time."

In fact, the National Weather Service received a report of a levee breach and issued a flash-flood warning as early as 9:12 a.m. that day, according to the White House's formal recounting of events the day Katrina struck.

The timing of the levees breach has been a key issue in exhaustive reviews of failures to respond to Katrina and highlights miscommunication about the scope of the storm's damage at all levels of government.
Blanco is not shown in the video but is heard as a disembodied voice speaking from an emergency operations center in Baton Rouge, La., to 11 people sitting around a table at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington. She sounds uncertain about the reliability of her information and cautioned that the situation "could change."

She reported that floodwaters were rising in parts of the city "where we have waters that are 8 to 10 feet deep, and we have people swimming in there."

"That's got a considerable amount of water itself," the governor said. "That's about all I know right now on the specifics that you haven't heard."

Blanco spokeswoman Denise Bottcher said Thursday that "our people on the ground were telling us that there could be over-topping and breaching, but it was hard to tell" by the noon briefing.
(emphasis added)

So, Baby Blanco passed inaccurate information on to the White House. Liberals have been pounding the White House over whether it knew the levees were breached or not. One of their girls told WH not. But she really didn't know, because she was too busy getting e-mails from Oprah, Dan Rather, and others.

Are we going to hear much blame from the Libs/MSM, directed at Blanco? Probably not. They prefer to blame everything (absolutely everything---if their ice cream melted, they would blame President Bush for causing global warming---wait, they already do) on President Bush. Even when something is completely out of his control and in no way his fault.