Fooled Like Charlie Brown
Bob Herbert also discusses Katrina and race in his Monday column. (I’m waiting for some bloggers to protest that on the first day of paid viewing of columnists, both are writing about the same thing.)
Herbert starts out by observing, “The president is Lucy, and he’s holding a football. We’re Charlie Brown.”
The major focus of the column is the lack of credibility of the Bush Administration, including his speeches on Katrina and his speeches justifying the Iraq war. Herbert concludes with:
You can believe that he’s suddenly worried about poor people if you want to. What is more likely is that his reference to racism and poverty was just another opportunistic Karl Rove moment, never to be acted upon.
Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally, once asked how often someone could be fooled with the same trick. She answered her own question: “Pretty often, huh?”