Alt hed: Meaningless gestures are still gestures.
Where would we be without journalists to pick over the White House Proclamations page and bitch because there’s not an o-fficial Katrina proclamation and mandatory nation-wide flag-lowering? Kee-rist.
I honestly can’t think of anything more irrelevant or completely not-really-helpful than a freaking government proclamation of anything. Hot air…federal hot air…tax-dollars hot air. Like everybody’s sitting on their hands waiting for a proclamation. Show me one person, besides mediots who just want to bitch, who is moved because of a proclamation. Jesus. I think I could live the rest of my life without hearing another government proclamation. There’s some budget-dollar-savings for ye — how much do they pay the proclamation writers? And how many are there? Jeff could then hire them to write About.com Proclamation blogs.
UPDATE: O, sing hallelujah! The day is saved:
Honoring the Memory of the Victims of Hurricane Katrina Proclamation
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of Amercia
As a mark of respect for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, Tuesday, September 20, 2005. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Now we sit back and wait for all the Leftoids to get diarrhea-mouth about empty gestures from Chimpy McBusHitler.