Better Late Than Never

Squeezed September 17, 2005

A lot of people are still skeptical after his speech to the nation in which he took responsibility for the failure of the federal government in the response to Hurricane Katrina. But not this Democrat.

My friend Eric pleaded for level heads to prevail here, and admittedly I sorta lost mine in an earlier post. For myself, I’m really glad that President Bush did make the speech from New Orleans. And I’m more than willing to say, OK, I agree, Monday-morning quarterbacking can wait; let’s get to work. My only wish is that he had donned the hip boots and made that speech earlier in the waters of New Orleans. Imagine the impact that would have made.

As the inhabitants of New Orleans wait out the rebuilding in cities across the nation, it’s safe to say this: Just as we were all New Yorkers after 9/11, today we are ALL New Orleanians.

3 Responses to “Better Late Than Never”

  1. Pat/ hernando cty, florida Says:

    Way to go Keith, I am a white Catholic immigrant from England and have visited New Orleans twice in my lifetime and love the city…i have also visited Gulfport and had a good time there. I hope Americans everywhere will back the President and help to rebuild the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabamba areas that were devistated…I have given generously already and hope other citizens will do likewise…how can we do otherwise. This devestation is the equivalent of an atomic bomb without the fallout and we all need to help them rebuild…not to would be un-American.

  2. Billmon Says:

    “A lot of people are still skeptical after his speech to the nation in which he took responsibility for the failure of the federal government in the response to Hurricane Katrina. But not this Democrat.”

    You remind me of what Leon Trotsky said about Norman Thomas: “He calls himself a socialist, but this appears to be the result of a misunderstanding.”

  3. Keith Says:

    You remind me of what Leon Trotsky said about Norman Thomas: “He calls himself a socialist, but this appears to be the result of a misunderstanding.”

    OK, let’s clear up a few. First off, I never said I was a socialist. :)

    Second, “this Democrat” referred to the writer of the article I linked to, not myself.

    And third, I’m not saying we should completely abandon critical thinking. We in the loyal opposition should be eternally vigilant, and President Bush’s proposals should be thoroughly vetted by Congress and the Democratic administrations of Louisiana and New Orleans.

    Reasonable people can disagree as to the details of how best to rebuild New Orleans. But that it needs to be done, I don’t think is in dispute.

    And with all due respect, if you don’t agree with that, then, you appear to call yourself an American, but that definitely appears to be the result of a misunderstanding.

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