The Anchoress and the Kentucky ice storm:
No one is asking why there are no pictures of bodies for the press to print. Wolf Blitzer, who famously (and terribly) cried of the Katrina displaced, “they are so poor, and so black,” is not standing in teeth-chattering frost declaring, “these people are so cold, and so white…”
That would also be a terrible thing to say, and I think playing the racism card is stupid, but the point is, when Katrina hit, the press pulled out every stop they possibly could – including the racism canard – to identify that disaster with a “Bush epic fail.”
They ignored his early pleadings to Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco to evacuate.
They ignored his declaring NOLA and surrounding areas as Disaster Areas even before Katrina hit, so the fed could immediately get to work.
They ignored the proper jurisdiction of emergencies (local, then state, then fed) and the extreme incompetence of the Louisiana leadership and made Katrina all about “what Bush did or didn’t do.” By contrast, the press seems to be going out of its way to insure that Obama is not associated with this week-long drama at all.
We’ve heard that “Bush ate cake”, while people suffered. (Obama ate steak and watched the Super Bowl).