There are many reasons why I’m glad Barack Obama is President. The first? George W. Bush no longer is. His “administrations'” purposeful actions to wreck everything they were responsible for will now be limited – slowly at first, but faster with time. Prime among the policy issues President Obama is taking seriously: climate change. President Obama also isn’t afraid to draw sharp and serious contrasts between himself and Bush.
Here is one of the whitehouse.gov’s additional issues:
President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.
Bush attempted, in the waning days of his presidency, to seucre his Katrina Legacy by saying he did everything he could to help the region and his “administration’s” response was swift and decisive. That’s probably why citizens were left to fend for themselves for four days. Since then, all Bush did was give no-bid contracts to the largest firms who already had a history of bungling reconstruction in Iraq. Have you been to New Orleans or the remainder of the Gulf Coast since Sep 2005? The area remains a disaster. Many low-income areas still haven’t been cleaned up, let alone reconstructed. And how many billions of taxpayer dollars did Bush release for that effort? Those dollars went straight to executive compensation and shareholders, not the people who were actually affected by the storm.
Anyone who saw the response to Katrina, nearly 4 years after 11Sep2001, realized that Bush shouldn’t have been reelected because he had no interest in keeping America safe. He refused to position supplies and emergency responders to an area that was accurately forecasted to be affected by Katrina days in advance. That’s Bush’s Katrina Legacy.
As future disasters occur, as we all know they will, I have more confidence President Obama will respond appropriately to them than the did Bush the Squatter. Will his responses be perfect? No, of course not. But if the reponse is bungled, I know Obama will hold those in charge responsible, something Bush never did.
The 21st Century has finally arrived for America.