The Moose notes that the President has enrolled in a twelve-step program.
"Hi, I'm George W. and I'm an incompetent." That is what the President tentatively declared yesterday when he accepted "responsibility" for the Katrina fiasco. Ok, maybe he just implied it. But it is clear that the President just enrolled in Dr. Karl Rove's (Director of the Federal Emergency Image Management Agency) Twelve Step Poll Recovery Program.
Dr. Karl insisted that his patient enroll in the program when it became apparent that the "shift the blame to the locals" strategy wasn't working. Even Brit Hume was having difficulty with the talking points. Panic has stricken the ranks of the President's supporters as there is a fear that old Rush will reach for the OxyContin again and the GOP Congress will go on an inebriated spending binge.
The New York Times,
"Throughout his nearly five years in office, Mr. Bush has resisted publicly acknowledging mistakes or shortcomings, and his willingness in this case to edge up to a buck-stops-here statement, however conditional, was evidence of how shaken his presidency has been by the political fallout from the government's handling of the storm."
To stop the hemorrhaging, Dr. Karl insisted that W. join I.A. - Incompetents Anonymous.
George W. reportedly enjoyed his first IA meeting. There, he reconnected with several former and current subordinates - some of whom he ironically once awarded medals for competence! He was welcomed into the ranks of fellow recovering incompetents by Michael B., George T., Paul B. and even an affable fella who goes by the pseudonym "Rummy".
Other Republicans may also be candidates for IA. Apparently the House Majority Leader is "drunk with success." The Washington Times,
"House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an "ongoing victory," and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget.
"Asked if that meant the government was running at peak efficiency, Mr. DeLay said, "Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we've pared it down pretty good."
It appears to the Moose that the Bugman is hitting the DDT bottle again.
As part of the President's "Contrition Tour", he will address the nation tomorrow from New Orleans, the apparent venue of W.'s youthful intemperate revelry. No doubt an appearance on Dr. Phil will follow. As a Recovering Incompetent, W. will be forced to go cold turkey on mountain biking in Crawford, study his briefing papers, read newspapers and watch the nightly news.
Mr. President, this will be hard work. Just take one day at a time. As you know, there's always a danger that you'll fall off the wagon! --