Back when George W. Bush was President, men were men, dogs were dogs, and hurricanes ground entire southern cities into mudholes as Shepherd Smith stood helpless by, crying tears of anguish into his foam microphone cover. People foraged for food in dumpsters, lived for weeks in squalid conditions inside a major NFL arena and were forced to rebuild entire segments of their city in order to force CNN to just go somewhere else. Also, George Bush willed the hurricane through the sheer force of racism, with a little help from Al Gore’s weather machine.
Friday, Harry Reid was trying to portray the Republican refusal to ratify the bill aiding Sandy victims as a devastating blow to the very fiber of humanity, he casually mentioned that Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the Jersey and New York coasts, was absolutely worse than whatever happened to New Orleans when it got that tiny bit of rainfall back in 2005.
Aaaaand that didn’t make anyone very happy.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said on Monday that he “simply misspoke” when he declared last week that Hurricane Katrina, which battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was “nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New York and New Jersey” in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
“In my recent comments criticizing House Republicans for threatening to betray Congress’ tradition of providing aid to disaster victims in a timely fashion regardless of region, I simply misspoke,” Reid said in a statement. “I am proud to have been an advocate for disaster victims in the face of Republican foot-dragging, from Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy, from fires in the west to tornadoes in the Midwest. I have worked hard with Senator Landrieu to ensure that the people of the Gulf Coast have the resources they need to fully recover, and I will continue to advocate on their behalf until the region is fully recovered.”
Good save, Harry.