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The Rebuilding of the Levee was a Staged Photo Op for President Bush
Saturday September 03rd 2005, 9:35 pm
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Is this really happening?

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“But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment. The good and decent people of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast — black and white, rich and poor, young and old — deserve far better from their national government.

“Mr. President, I’m imploring you once again to get a cabinet-level official stood up as soon as possible to get this entire operation moving forward regionwide with all the resources — military and otherwise — necessary to relieve the unmitigated suffering and economic damage that is unfolding.”

Today’s aerial tour of the 17th Street levee will be featured tomorrow on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Later, Sen. Landrieu will also appear on CBS’s 60 Minutes.


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It sounds ridiculous, but so familiar… People who know the USSR and post-USSR reality are so fed up with those ¨stagted scenes¨ with highest-ranking bureaucrates.
That similarity scares

Comment by dingo_the 09.04.05 @ 10:49 am

That’s the feeling I get much of the time in political arena, more so each passing year–with Democrats and Republicans alike–the staged photo-op intimates a substantial appearance of progress on an issue, and then the next day the set is abandoned; on to the next stage. It’s like the fascade of a dysfunctionial family, keeping up appearances for the sake of appearances, except it’s our government spinning manipulation on a grand scale. Cue the lights, the make-up, and by all means stick to the script, Mr. President. A tragedy this large requires that you roll up your sleeves and set an example–like get literally down in the muck that is New Orleans and do some work with your bare hands, not just a day for the cameras, but because you really care. Cancel all your appointments for a week or two. This is not the movies, W, this is a reality check that you just don’t get and probably never will. Being humble and compassionate is something that can’t be faked.

Anne Rice – Do You What It Means To Lose New Orleans?

Comment by tao 09.04.05 @ 2:48 pm

Wow, I loved reading this. Thanks for sharing it Tao. I feel so increasingly ashamed of our country.

Comment by Sherry 09.05.05 @ 9:11 am



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