Bush originally was to return to the White House on Friday, after spending more than four weeks operating from his ranch. But after getting updates on the devastation, he decided to fly back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to personally oversee a massive federal emergency assistance program.
"The president's preference is to manage the response efforts from Washington, and that's why he made the decision to return," said White House press secretary Scott McClellan.
Returning to Washington ahead of schedule also could insulate the president from criticism that he was on vacation during the crisis, and the return could be seen as a symbolic gesture to hurricane victims.
"I don't think that's necessarily the way to look at it," McClellan told reporters. "The devastation is enormous. The destruction and loss of life is very sobering. Our focus remains on saving lives and making sure that we're prioritizing the relief efforts to get assistance to those who are most in need right now."
The president, upon his return to Washington, planned to chair a meeting of a White House task force set up to coordinate the federal efforts to assist hurricane victims across more than a dozen agencies.
Without the target-rich environment of Eye-Rack to bomb the shit out of, when Bush goes to button-hole some poor schlepper in an adjacent hallway after the meeting, whose head is he going to ask for? That mullah that runs Eye-ran maybe?
While matters in Iraq worsen, while the Mississippi delta is in ruin, let's not forget the souls of the departed wealthy, they leave behind their own ruins that need sheltering from taxation. Count on President mother-fucker and his merry band of Republicans to take good care of them. Cue up Lee Greenwood.