Former President Bush will be appearing on Larry King Live tonight on the Kartina disaster and other issues. Here is a transcript of one segment of the program…
KING: “Even the president said the reaction should have been faster, that he was wasn’t satisfied.”
BUSH: Sure, … certainly I’m not satisfied, but I’m just talking about the blame game, and there was one particularly vicious comment that the president didn’t care, was insensitive on ethnicity, insensitive about race. Now that one hurt because I know this president, and I know he does care. But you know, what can he do? He can just go out and do what he’s doing today, showing that the federal government’s involved, has been involved, will continue to be involved. Huge numbers of dollars have been appropriated or signed off on for the Congress, both Senate and the House, and he’s got to push forward. He cannot listen to every critic from the editorial page of the New York Times.”
Talking with King on President Bush’s choice of Judge John Roberts as the next Supreme Court Chief Justice.
BUSH: “I’m very, very pleased that the president has nominated Mr. Roberts to be the chief justice. He’s brilliant, a surprise yes, brilliant man, a brilliant man with the highest ranking from the bar association, and I hope that he is promptly confirmed.”