Chris Matthews is already getting wood just thinking about this

via scout, who’s been down at the Rising Tide conference, I read something that boggles my mind. The Chimperor, aka Miserable Failure, aka Drunky McStagger (™ Sinfonian) is planning on making a visit to New Orleans to mark Katrina’s second anniversary.

Care to join me in a befuddled chorus of “WTF?” ?

According to the Times Picayune,

White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said that Bush continues to follow through “on his commitment to help local citizens rebuild their lives and communities on the Gulf Coast.

Which just begs the question of why he’s going back to the scene of the crime? The T-P story carries two hints to the real reason. One, the place is lousy with Dem presidential candidates in the next few days. I guess it wouldn’t do for the last one or two of the Republican loyalists to get the impression Our Dear Lame Duck cares less about them than Dems do. Per another scout/Rising Tide post yesterday, Panty Man David Vitter still enjoys a 66% popularity rating down in La. My guess is those folks are prolly still more than willing to carry water for the Bush Admin. “See? Daddy still loves us, even though he beat us up and abandoned us two years ago…”

Heh. Remember that picture of Bush shoving through the door ahead of Clinton? Maybe this is sort of the same thing.

Bush’s trip will follow visits to the city by five presidential candidates seeking to succeed him in 2009. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., running second in polls among Democratic contenders, will address the First Emanuel Baptist Church at 1829 Carondelet St. on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and later go on a walking tour of a New Orleans neighborhood.

On Monday, Democratic front-runner, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., along with former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., will appear at a Katrina summit organized by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., at the University of New Orleans. Also appearing will be Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, and U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.

Oh, and also he’s going to Mississippi to visit goodbuddy, that ol’ sumbitch Haley Barbour, who just happened to release a special Governor’s Report on the state of of the state of Mississippi two years post-Katrina.

Not surprisingly, Barbour’s report is “brimming with confidence,” according to Biloxi/Gulport’s Sun Herald.

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