By FITSNews || Ask former President George W. Bush … nothing good ever comes from a flyover.
Bush, who was famously (and deservedly) mocked for flying over the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005, apparently didn’t warn President Barack Obama of its pitfalls, though. How come? Well, several top Obama administration officials (but not the President himself) are leading a U.S. Senate delegation in a flyover of the areas affected by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Look, we have nothing against politicians doing flyovers. We’re sure that valuable information and perspective can be obtained by getting a birds-eye view of a disaster area.
Having said that, politicians and bureaucrats who participate in flyovers have to acknowledge that they send an awful message. Words like “disengaged,” “distant,” “uncaring” and “elitist” come to mind.
Seriously, if you’re going to visit a disaster area, roll your damn sleeves up and lend a hand.
In the case of this disaster, scrub some oil off of a rock or a bird or something while you’re getting your “intelligence briefing.” If you’re like most politicians, it may be the only useful thing you ever do.