That line of argument was echoed throughout the day, in harsher language, by Republicans reflecting the White House line.Now, just before this all went down, Bush was being attacked for being the vacation president, and his handlers were saying western white house, he's working, blah blah. But we can set aside that whole debate, because the President was not at Crawford:
In interviews, these Republicans said that the normally nimble White House political operation had fallen short in part because the president and his aides were scattered outside Washington on vacation,
Tue Aug 30, 2005: Speaking to a crowd of sailors and Marines near San Diego, Bush described the Iraq war and World War II as crucial tests of American resolve in the face of evil.Now, my point isn't to attack where Bush was or what he was doing at this point in time. My point is just that anybody who tries to defend the delayed Federal response because people were on vacation is just feeding you a line of bull.
(And even if that weren't the case it's an idiotic defense. What the hell are we doing having so many crucial lines of communication and power on vacation that they can't respond rapidly to problems? Don't they know we're on threat level yellow, "significant risk of terrorist attacks"???)