Gesture without motion
One thing I've noticed about the Bush supporters, is that they defend his failures by saying that he tried, or at least did not get in the way. For them, that's good enough.
For example, they'll say that he didn't object to the evacuation order for New Orleans.
But, on the other hand, when attacking Bush critics, the standard is higher. Bush supporters expect not just gestures, but results.
They'll ask, why didn't the mayor evacuate the city? The mayor issued an evacuation order, and if that had been Bush's role, that would have been good enough for his supporters.
But in the case of the mayor, they want everyone out of the city, even the unwilling and unable.
They'd like to blame the mayor for the deaths and credit the president for the rescues.
He may not be actively drinking, but we have an unrecovered alcoholic in the White House.