by Pejman Yousefzadeh on April 7, 2009

Remember how “stingy” the Bush Administration was accused of being during the Asian tsunami back in 2004?

Wonder what people will make of this:

The United States said Monday it would donate 50,000 dollars in emergency aid to Italy after a powerful earthquake killed at least 100 people.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the earthquake. Our embassy in Rome will provide 50,000 (dollars) in emergency relief funding,” State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters.

Wow. Fifty thousand whole dollars. That ought to do . . . absolutely nothing whatsoever to help Italy.

Let’s hope this is a down payment on a whole lot more money to come in the future. Of course, there was nothing to prevent the Obama Administration from offering a whole lot more money from the very outset. I have no idea what possessed them to go in so cheap.

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