So it turns out that like most of us, Dr. Rice isn’t happy about how the whole Katrina thing worked out. Well, maybe not quite like most of us
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told hosts of ABC’s The View Thursday that she was angry with critics who charged that President Bush didn’t help victims of Katrina because they were black.
"What really did make me angry was the implication that some people made that somehow President Bush allowed this to happen because these people were black." Rice said. "And For somebody to say that about the President of the United States a President of the United States who I know well and a President of the United States who is my friend I was appalled and I couldn’t believe people didn’t challenge it."
Well, maybe people were busy (and really, read the rest)
Monday, August 29
7AM CDT — KATRINA MAKES LANDFALL AS A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE
MORNING — BUSH CALLS SECRETARY CHERTOFF TO DISCUSS IMMIGRATION
MORNING — BUSH SHARES BIRTHDAY CAKE PHOTO-OP WITH SEN. JOHN MCCAIN
11AM CDT — BUSH VISITS ARIZONA RESORT TO PROMOTE MEDICARE DRUG BENEFIT
4:30PM CDT — BUSH TRAVELS TO CALIFORNIA SENIOR CENTER TO DISCUSS MEDICARE DRUG BENEFIT
8PM CDT — RUMSFELD ATTENDS SAN DIEGO PADRES BASEBALL GAME
8PM CDT — GOV. BLANCO AGAIN REQUESTS ASSISTANCE FROM BUSH:
“Mr. President, we need your help. We need everything you’ve got.”
LATE PM — BUSH GOES TO BED WITHOUT ACTING ON BLANCO’S REQUESTS
Tuesday, August 30
11AM CDT — BUSH SPEAKS ON IRAQ AT NAVAL BASE CORONADO
2PM CDT — PRESIDENT BUSH PLAYS GUITAR WITH COUNTRY SINGER MARK WILLIS
BUSH RETURNS TO CRAWFORD FOR FINAL NIGHT OF VACATION
Wednesday, August 31
11:20 AM CDT — FEMA STAFF WARNED BROWN THAT PEOPLE WERE DYING AT THE SUPERDOME
Three hours later, Brown’s press secretary wrote to colleagues complaining that Brown needed more time scheduled to eat at a restaurant: “He needs much more that (sic) 20 or 30 minutes. We now have traffic to encounter to go to and from a location of his choise (sic), followed by wait service from the restaurant staff, eating, etc. Thank you.”
4PM CDT — BUSH GIVES FIRST MAJOR ADDRESS ON KATRINA
7PM CDT — CONDOLEEZZA RICE TAKES IN A BROADWAY SHOW:
“On Wednesday night, Secretary Rice was booed by some audience members at ‘Spamalot!, the Monty Python musical at the Shubert, when the lights went up after the performance.”
Thursday, September 1
7AM CDT — BUSH CLAIMS NO ONE EXPECTED LEVEES TO BREAK
CONDOLEEZZA RICE VISITS U.S. OPEN
“Rice, [in New York] on three days’ vacation to shop and see the U.S. Open, hitting some balls with retired champ Monica Seles at the Indoor Tennis Club at Grand Central.”
CONDOLEEZZA RICE GOES SHOE SHOPPING:
“Just moments ago at the Ferragamo on 5th Avenue, Condoleeza Rice was seen spending several thousands of dollars on some nice, new shoes (we’ve confirmed this, so her new heels will surely get coverage from the WaPo’s Robin Givhan). A fellow shopper, unable to fathom the absurdity of Rice’s timing, went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, ‘How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!’”
"I think at the time they [they?] probably thought things were going better than they were" Rice told the ladies of The View. By Sunday she knew better, and she got right on the defending her friend the president thing
Ms. Rice visited the Gulf Coast on Sunday, flying to Mobile, Ala., to attend a church service and meet with storm victims.
On the plane trip from Washington, Ms. Rice challenged accusations that the government had responded slowly because many of the victims were black.
"How can that be the case?" Ms. Rice said, according to The Associated Press. "Americans don’t want to see Americans suffer."
She added, "Nobody, especially the president, would have left people unattended on the basis of race."
So how’d that work out?
Ronald Joubert, 41, a member of the New Light congregation in Houston, was a bit more charitable [than Kanye West] to the president, though not much.
"The people are saying that that’s why the people in New Orleans didn’t get a more direct response, because they’re all black," Mr. Joubert said. "Me, I don’t blame Bush personally. I blame the whole government. But 10 or 15 or 20 years from now, people are still going to be blaming Bush."
So somebody did challenge it, Dr. Rice. It’s just that nobody believed you.
Enjoy the shoes.