Frank Rich, in a widely-posted column, compares the Katrina catastrophe to the moment when Dorothy’s dog Toto pulls back the curtain and reveals that the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz is no more than Professor Marvel, a travelling snake-oil merchant. As Toto unmasked Professor Marvel, says Rich, Katrina has unmasked the real George W. Bush.
This is grossly unfair: to Professor Marvel. When Dorothy — realizing that the Wizard has humbugged her into stealing the Ruby Slippers by pretending to powers he does not in fact possess — says to him, “You’re a very bad man!” he replies, accurately, “Oh no, my dear. I’m a very good man. I’m just a very bad Wizard.”
Only one of those statements is true about George W. Bush.