Friday, January 13, 2006

In New Orleans, Bush Has Upbeat Message But Sees Little of Ruin

In New Orleans there is a small sliver of the city along the river crescent that was untouched by the floods that followed Katrina. It's that area that extends from the downtown business district towards the Garden District. This is the area that President Bush visited yesterday.

During the visit Bush declared that New Orleans was "a heck of a place to bring your family" and that it had "some of the greatest food in the world and some wonderful fun."

What Bush didn't see was the 80% of the city that is still a deserted wasteland. It would have been good for the nation to see Bush touring Lakeview or the Lower Ninth Ward. It would again bring home the message that this was the worst natural disaster in American history.

No wonder so many homeless residents of New Orleans are now feeling forgotten and abandoned. And of course the national media has now moved on to such important issues as Angelina's baby.

Does anyone give a shit about our fellow citizens who lost everything as a result of Hurricane Katrina?