Sing Along With Georgie

During today’s White House Press Briefing, ABC Correspondent Terry Moran said this of President Bush’s plan to visit Texas in the wake of Hurricane Rita: “But it sounds like a bit of a photo op, one that he’d prefer over playing the guitar at the airport photo op before Katrina.”

AP - Tue Aug 30, 2:56 PM ET. President Bush plays a guitar presented to him by Country Singer Mark Wills, right, backstage following his visit to Naval Base Coronado, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Bush visited the base to deliver remarks on V-J Commemoration Day. (AP Photo/ABC News, Martha Raddatz)

Regrettably, Mr. Moran’s chronology is slightly off. The photo of Bush playing a guitar by AP Photo/ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz was taken in San Diego Tuesday, August 30, more than a day after Katrina had hit the Gulf Coast, more than 24 hours after portions of New Orleans were under water. He wasn’t pretending to strum as the biggest (at the time) hurricane to hit the US in recent history was still offshore, he was hamming it up while people were dying in their houses because there weren’t enough troops in place to rescue them.