CATEGORIES CinematicalFilmmaker Michael Moore has posted an 'open letter' to President Bush on his website, addressing the administration's response (or lack therof) to the Hurricane Katrina disaster. It's vintage Moore: typically inelegant, aggressive and drearily lacking in wit, but effective none the less. He's mostly attacking Bush, personally and individually, for being on vacation, being in San Diego, being everywhere but the affected areas for the past five days. "On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home," writes Moore, "I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that."
Moore then ramps up the sarcasm and hopscotches over to the racial issue: "It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!"
I'm pretty horrified by this whole situation (to the point where I simply couldn't turn off CNN and go to bed last night) and as usual, I agree with Moore's sentiment, if not his method. But, to be fair, this isn't the timeliest attack on polical sluggishness. Don't you think Moore must be slipping if it took him until today to publicly attack Bush's delayed (in)action?