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Rockey To Katrina Victims: Stop ‘Sitting Around and Complaining’ About Bush and ‘Be Thankful For What We Got’

By Judd Legum  

"Rockey To Katrina Victims: Stop ‘Sitting Around and Complaining’ About Bush and ‘Be Thankful For What We Got’"

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Last week, Katrina survivor (and former right-wing politician) Rockey Vaccarella visited the White House and said, “I just wish the President could have another term in office.” Subsequently, Rockey was plastered on the White House website homepage and featured in President Bush’s weekly radio address.

Now, the President’s preferred representative of Hurricane Katrina is lashing out at other victims. Today on Fox, Rocky said that victims of the Hurricane should stop “sitting around and complaining” about the Bush administration and instead “be thankful for what we got.” Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2006/08/rocky.320.240.flv]

Transcript:

CAVUTO: You know what happens with an anniversary like this. You blame the authorities, the conventional wisdom, blame the big guy, blame the President. You met with the big guy, you met with the President. You’re saying, “Too much of that.”

ROCKEY: Whatcha mean, I’ve been saying “too much of that”?

CAVUTO: — that the criticism’s been unfair? The criticism’s been unfair?

ROCKEY: Well, you know what, like I told many people, I’m an optimistic-type person, I kinda look at the glass half-full instead of half-empty. And one of the things I wanted to thank the President for, part of what we went there for, is for all the FEMA trailers. I mean, here, you can always point the fingers and say shoulda, coulda, woulda, and been a Monday-morning quarterback. But I’m not a Monday-morning quarterback. I have a roof over my head, my family’s living there, we have air conditioning, we have running water, I can take a shower, shave. I can move on as I rebuild. I mean, the President didn’t order the Hurricane Katrina, she just came through with her whipping winds. And instead of, you know, sitting around complaining and saying, “This is what they shoulda did, what they coulda did,” well, you know what? You ought to be thankful for what we got. Hurricane Mitch slammed into the Honduras coast and the people of that country stayed in literally tents for over two and a half years, and were served with trucks going by just feeding them food. At least we were able to have miniature homes parked in front of our house — electricity ran, television, phone line, all of the necessities we need to carry on. I even can get on the internet!

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