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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 04:36 PM
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58. "if you can't say some apt...."
Too true. Reporter blather is something we should be used to by now. When public officials start breaking down or raging, it's a bad sign. In the first press conference Haley Barbour gave he looked like he was suppressing tears. When Gov. Blanco said everyone would be moved out of Orleans Parish, I knew that it was much worse than they were letting on.
We are planning to house people in a sports arena for Pete's sake. We are not prepared for a disaster on this scale. That is certain. I have no idea if we should have been prepared to handle it (I'll let experts hash that one out) but I do know that our president thought it was important to keep to his appearance schedules with only brief asides mentioning the hurricane. Would it have hurt to stay in Crawford nearer the scene and run a command post? It would have been disruptive for him to go on site, but even window dressing in Texas would have been better than acting like it wasn't a priority.

I haven't been to the Mississippi coast so I don't relate to the visuals there, but I have been to NOLA and I am stunned every time I see a visual of an area where I've been. The aerial photos are a Waterworld. I agree this is nothing like anything most Americans can understand. The best analogy to SF 1906/Galveston is that people are completely cut off from news and have no idea how long they will be expected to fend for themselves. I am glad the officials are finally biting the bullet and moving out everybody.
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