quote:President Bush's job approval rating is now at 40%, the lowest of his administration. Bush has averaged 43% across three Gallup Polls conducted in August, marking a slow but steady decline since the beginning of the year. Bush's approval rating has dropped among independents, and has also dropped modestly among Republicans. Bush's August average rating is the lowest for any re-elected president since World War II at a similar point after their re-election, with the exception of Richard Nixon. Only 34% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today -- the lowest satisfaction rating since January 1996.
I guess we could also have wondered who could approve of the "way things are going" following the 'worst' unnatural catastrophe in your history - but that seemed to have boosted his approval rating through the roof.
I have some theories, but I'm guessing they're the same as everyone else's (well, sensible people, of course )
Posts: 10751 | Registered: May 2003
| IP: Logged |
The difference is that many Americans saw President Bush as displaying strong leadership in the aftermath of 9/11.
Here, however, many Americans do not see the strong leadership from President Bush that they expect from their President in the aftermath of the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
To be honest, I do not really blame Bush directly for tne failures of Katrina. He could have done better on the PR front in many ways (staying on vacation for several days while strumming a guitar for the cameras was ill-advised), but the federal responsibilities really fall on the shoulders of FEMA Director Michael Brown and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. The incompetence of both of these men and their suboridnates at FEMA and Homeland Security are what gall so many Americans.
Of course, Bush is indirectly responsibile for those failures at FEMA and Homeland Security because he appointed such incapable and incompetent men to the head of FEMA and Homeland Security itself.
(Sidenote: Michael Brown is the epitome of crminally negligent nepotism in government. Here is his profile and past resume:
quote:Brown pushed from last job: Horse group: FEMA chief had to be `asked to resign' By Brett Arends Saturday, September 3, 2005
The federal official in charge of the bungled New Orleans rescue was fired from his last private-sector job overseeing horse shows. And before joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a deputy director in 2001, GOP activist Mike Brown had no significant experience that would have qualified him for the position. The Oklahoman got the job through an old college friend who at the time was heading up FEMA. The agency, run by Brown since 2003, is now at the center of a growing fury over the handling of the New Orleans disaster. ``I look at FEMA and I shake my head,'' said a furious Gov. Mitt Romney yesterday, calling the response ``an embarrassment.'' President Bush, after touring the Big Easy, said he was ``not satisfied'' with the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina's devastation. And U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch predicted there would be hearings on Capitol Hill over the mishandled operation. Brown - formerly an estates and family lawyer - this week has has made several shocking public admissions, including interviews where he suggested FEMA was unaware of the misery and desperation of refugees stranded at the New Orleans convention center. Before joining the Bush administration in 2001, Brown spent 11 years as the commissioner of judges and stewards for the International Arabian Horse Association, a breeders' and horse-show organization based in Colorado. ``We do disciplinary actions, certification of (show trial) judges. We hold classes to train people to become judges and stewards. And we keep records,'' explained a spokeswoman for the IAHA commissioner's office. ``This was his full-time job . . . for 11 years,'' she added. Brown was forced out of the position after a spate of lawsuits over alleged supervision failures. ``He was asked to resign,'' Bill Pennington, president of the IAHA at the time, confirmed last night. Soon after, Brown was invited to join the administration by his old Oklahoma college roommate Joseph Allbaugh, the previous head of FEMA until he quit in 2003 to work for the president's re-election campaign. The White House last night defended Brown's appointment. A spokesman noted Brown served as FEMA deputy director and general counsel before taking the top job, and that he has now overseen the response to ``more than 164 declared disasters and emergencies,'' including last year's record-setting hurricane season.
So, basically, we have a failure who was fired for incompetence in managing a horse's association and was thereafter given the opportunity to head up FEMA as a favor from his college roommate Joseph Allbaugh despite the fact that he had no qualifications whatsoever for the FEMA post.)
As far as Bush's own performance so far (minus the foolish PR strategy), Bush has personally done a decent job, but he needs to fire his incompetent subordinates instead of giving them Medals of Freedom (same goes for firing Rumsfeld for his failures in Iraq, but that's a topic for another time).
How many people know about the Bush's request to Blanco for authority back on Friday to take over evacuation duties in LA?
I didn't, but I must say I guessed it.
Friday: Bush offers to take over for Blanco's responsibilities; Blanco demurs, waiting for Nigal's response.
Saturday: Nigal confers with his lawyers about ordering a general evacuation.
Sunday: Nigal decides to order a general evacuation.
Monday: Nigal's website says to take care of your pets.
Tuesday: Nigal blames Washington. Kissies with Bush. Bush to take all the blame.
Nigal didn't know what to do, apparently, and certainly not what he could do. Blanco never knows what to do because she thinks she doesn't have to do anything. Bush and Republicans are blamed for Democrat indecision.
Honestly, even Libertarians would have known what to do.
Posts: 7866 | Registered: Apr 2004
| IP: Logged |