The first-term Illinois senator said that with black people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast still displaced 20 months after Hurricane Katrina, frustration and resentments are building explosively as they did before the 1992 riots.
"This administration was colorblind in its incompetence," Obama said at a conference of black clergy, "but the poverty and the hopelessness was there long before the hurricane.
"All the hurricane did was to pull the curtain back for all the world to see," he said.
Obama's criticism of Bush prompted ovation after ovation from the nearly 8,000 people gathered in Hampton University's Convocation Center, particularly when he denounced the Iraq war and noted that he had opposed it from the outset.
How often do these so-called riots occur, Senator?
"Those 'quiet riots' that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths," Obama said. "They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better."
And this is all because Bush has been in charge since January 2001? I really don't think so. Naturally, Obama has to have somebody to blame, and I suppose Bush is the easiest target for the Dems.
(An addition: If you haven't figured it out, the post title is a reference to Quiet Riot's biggest hit. Sorry about the bowdlerization of the song title, but this being the type of blog that it is, I'm not going to go there.)