Even Mr. Bill Knew the Levees Wouldn't Hold:
In early 2004, lovable, crushable clay animated figure Mr. Bill from Saturday Night Live starred in an ad to alert people to the problems with the wetlands in Louisiana. On Good Morning, America today, President Bush said, "I don't think anyone could have anticipated the breach of the levees." He was wrong. Mr. Bill already had. Here's a transcript of the stunningly prescient ad, from CNN on May 27, 2004:
MR. BILL: Gee, kids, I'm not sure we can do our show today because it looks like Hurricane Sluggo is headed right for us here in America's wetlands.
WALTER WILLIAMS, MR. BILL CREATOR: That's right, Mr. Bill. And since New Orleans is below sea level, if a hurricane hit us directly, it could push the water over the levees and fill it to the top.
BILL: Well then we'd better leave.
WILLIAMS: Well it's too late to evacuate since all the roads are jammed and under water.
BILL: Then where can we go that's safe?
WILLIAMS: Here this should work.
BILL: Gee, I hope it doesn't get much higher.
WILLIAMS: Well, Red, the alligator, doesn't seem too worried.
BILL: Yes, that's because he can swim. You know I don't do that too well.
WILLIAMS: Well in that case, Red says he'll have one of his buddies come and give you a lift.
BILL: That's OK. Maybe you could mind the water wings or something. Oh, get me out of here! No, wait, no, no, ohhh!
WILLIAMS: Let's act now before it's too late.
By the way, Williams pulled Mr. Bill out of the campaign in June of this year when he believed it was being used as a tool to cover up the misdeeds of Shell Oil.