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A very good friend sent me a link to this photograph, on Astropix, of the Boomerang Nebula. It seems just the right thing to be looking at on this momentous day. Actually, yesterday was the momentous day, but I didn't know that. I had to wait for the Times to announce this morning that President Bush publicly took responsibility yesterday for the federal government's failure to do what it ought to have done for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Why I'm coming across the following allegations for the first time in a Times Op-Ed column by Maureen Dowd is a very disturbing question. But I do want to know more. (Follow the links.)

Even though we know W. likes to be in his bubble with his feather pillow, the stories this week are breathtaking about the lengths the White House staff had to go to in order to capture Incurious George's attention.

Newsweek reported that the reality of Katrina did not sink in for the president until days after the levees broke, turning New Orleans into a watery grave. It took a virtual intervention of his top aides to make W. watch the news about the worst natural disaster in a century. Dan Bartlett made a DVD of newscasts on the hurricane to show the president on Friday morning as he flew down to the Gulf Coast.

The aides were scared to tell the isolated president that he should cut short his vacation by a couple of days, Newsweek said, because he can be "cold and snappish in private." Mike Allen wrote in Time about one "youngish aide" who was so terrified about telling Mr. Bush he was wrong about something during the first term, he "had dry heaves" afterward.

The media appear to have taken off their gloves.


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Let's hope this is the beginning (and not the end) of his crow dinner.

I hope they keep the gloves off.

Do I hear cards tumbling down?

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