Monday, August 18, 2003

Ohh those evil communists at The Financial Times

Posted without comment, as the FT piece speaks for itself:
Mike Bloomberg showed once again that New York needs its mayor to take charge - since George W. Bush had other things on his mind when the nation's largest city plunged into darkness.

In the role performed masterfully by Rudolph Giuliani after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Bloomberg took to the airwaves Thursday afternoon to tell New Yorkers to go home, open their windows, drink lots of water - even though few could hear him, being without electricity.

On Friday, Bloomberg was up early to tell people to stay at home. "There are worse things than taking a summer Friday off from work," he said. And then he rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

None of this is remarkable, unless one considers what the president did.

When Bush was first alerted, he kept eating lunch. Then he raised some more money for his re-election campaign. And when darkness had fallen on the north-east, he announced: "One thing I think I can say for certain is that this was not a terrorist act."

After an air-conditioned night's sleep, Bush had some forward-looking thoughts: "I view it as a wake-up call, an indication we need to modernise the electricity grid." No kidding?

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