Faith Hill, Tim McGraw Blast 'Humiliating' Katrina Cleanup
March 8, 2006 — Faith Hill and Tim McGraw — two stars who usually stay out of politics — blasted the Hurricane Katrina cleanup effort, with Hill calling the slow progress in Louisiana and Mississippi "embarrassing" and "humiliating."
The country music artists — who are natives of the storm-ravaged states — were at times close to tears, and clearly angry when the subject of Katrina came up during a news conference today. They had met with reporters in Nashville to promote their upcoming Soul2Soul II Tour, but when asked about the hurricane cleanup, the stars pulled no punches.
"To me, there's a lot of politics being played and a lot of people trying to put people in bad positions in order to further their agendas," McGraw, a 38-year-old native of Delhi, La., said after ABC News Radio's Dan Gordon asked about Katrina.
"When you have people dying because they're poor and black or poor and white, or because of whatever they are — if that's a number on a political scale — then that is the most wrong thing. That erases everything that's great about our country."
McGraw specifically criticized President Bush. "There's no reason why someone can't go down there who's supposed to be the leader of the free world … and say, 'I'm giving you a job to do and I'm not leaving here until it's done. And you're held accountable, and you're held accountable, and you're held accountable.
"'This is what I've given you to do, and if it's not done by the time I get back on my plane, then you're fired and someone else will be in your place. '"
The comments you can get away with because the media considers you to be a "celebrity" continues to amaze me. I mean, with all that hype, you'd think you were about to read something so profound, yet it just turns out to be nothing but the usual hate-driven, ignorant leftist drivel. And that's perfect for the naive, ignorant and of course, all the Bush haters out there who live for the super;atives that come out the mouth of rich, uninformed and stupid celebrities. Uninformed enough to resort to lies, too stupid to see beyond their sheer contempt for Bush and rich enough to do more for Katrina victims than the average American who supports their lavish lifestyles by buying their CD's for $12.99 at the local Walmart.
You see, by continuing to point fingers at the Bush adminitsration McGraw and Hill aren't helping matters so much as they're showing people their ass. In other words, the liberal strategy stays in effect as the 2 country crooners play the victim card and make Bush look bad in the process. Nothing more, nothing less. Too bad it's gotten way past tiring.
More than a half a year after Katrina and liberals still want to exploit the hurricane and its aftermath for their own gains. For the most part, those accusations have centered on race, racism, and the neglect of black people, specifically by President Bush without mentioning the institutionalized racism, poverty, corrupt government and neglect that has been going on in New Orleans way before Katrina hit. McGraw and Hill also fail to mention that the President has taken on full responsibility for the response to N.O., although most critics and residents of N.O. agree that it was the local governments who failed them most.
As the front man, our President doesn't need our criticism so much as he needs our prayers esp. in light of the fact that I would be hard-pressed for any Bush-hater to convince me that a John Kerry would've done a better job at responding to our country's greatest natural disaster. And in his feeble attempt to be political McGraw fails to note that Bush has visited the devastated area 10 times and has gone out of his way to demand that Congress allocate more federal aide to the region. So, in fact, it is the President's goal to get the region back in shape, but liberals refuse to admit that, instead admonishing Bush for what he hasn't done instead of what he has done. Thus, McGraw and Hill's naive attempts to get across a supposedly potent message just end up being the typical rantings of our resident angry and bitter Bush haters.