The pictures from The Philippines are harrowing.
Things sound terrible in Indonesia, so let us pray, particularly since more tremblors are expected and who knows what can happen in the Pacific.
I know this is Friday, and therefore a non-political day for this blog, but in reading this report, I can’t help but remember President Bush’s response to the ’04 Tsunami, how he immediately sent aid and naval vessels (and committed to long term relief to that area).
Then I read the lame response of our current, and weirdly detached president:
“Indonesia’s an extraordinary country that’s known extraordinary hardship from natural disasters,” Mr. Obama said at the White House. “I know firsthand that the Indonesian people are strong and resilient and have the spirit to overcome this enormous challenge. As they do, they need to know that America will be their friend and partner.”
Empty, detached, meaningless. Just words. Cold, cold words.
But then again, if America is no longer an exceptional country, why would her president make an exceptional response?
In ’04, when tsunami hit, Bush was with the heads of Europe, and while they were all gathered before the reporters making concerned statements, with trembling lips, Bush excused himself and began to order our Navy and all hands to the area of devastation. He started getting the assistance-funds released.
Obama is now in Europe, busily “fighting” to get the Olympics* for his pals in Chicago (as though he’d have gone there if the games were not a done deal) and the best he can do is say, “aw…we’ll be your friend. We’re ready to be your friend!” I doubt that the UN will call him “stingy.” I am sure Obama will not have to defend himself to CBS News. What a mess.
I think I’ll file this one under “Bush Good.”
And here is the Red Cross Disaster Relief page.
UPDATE: *The Obama Offensive on the Olympics appears to have failed as Chicago is eliminated in the first round.