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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

President Bush shows Katrina recovery not a top issue

President Bush shows that he has all but forgotten the people of the Gulf Coast. In a president's State of the Union address, the top priorities are given the highest billing.

Last night, President Bush sought to spread the misconception that Osama bin Laden is linked to Iraq than talk about how the federal government can help the people of the Gulf Coast move from living in tents to having their communities rebuilt.

Let's look at the numbers:

  • 5,339: Number of words in last night's State of the Union address
  • 165: Number of words about Gulf Coast recovery
  • 52 minutes: Length of the State of the Union address
  • 47 minutes: How long it took President Bush to FINALLY say something about Gulf Coast recovery
  • 64 paragraphs: Length of the speech by paragraphs
  • 59th paragraph: How long it took President Bush to FINALLY say something about Gulf Coast recovery
  • 1: The number of paragraphs President Bush spent on Katrina
In fact, less time was spent by the President talking about recovering from Katrina than was spent by Republicans applauding his entrance.

Again, the first thing in the speech was perpetuating the lie that the war in Iraq is about stopping Osama bin Laden. About the last thing in the speech was about actually helping the victims of the worse natural disaster to ever strike our nation.

If this doesn't show that President Bush's priorities are skewed, nothing does.

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