Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff acknowledged today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was “overwhelmed” by Hurricane Katrina and called for a buildup of the government’s “preparedness capability” to deal with major natural disasters and terrorist attacks.
Unfortunately, the next test of that preparedness capability may come this weekend, as Hurricane Wilma, measured as the strongest hurricane ever in the Atlantic Ocean, heads for Florida. Are the admissions of failure too little, too late to make the changes necessary in dealing with the potential aftermath of another Category 5 hurricane?
When President George W. Bush was asked about Hurricane Wilma, he bit his lip, looked somber and said, “God is good, and the people of the Atlantic Ocean are good, and we will rebuild the ocean and the ocean peoples.”
When informed that Wilma was actually still on her way to shore, Bush chuckled and said, “Well, then let’s get that Bam-Bam fella down there to turn her back, right? Heh, heh. He’s a strong one in’t he?” The president looked around and winked as Harriet Miers guffawed in the corner and sputtered, “Oh, Mr. President, you are just the funniest of the funniest and the bestest of the bestest!”
The people of Florida put their heads between their legs and kissed their asses goodbye.
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