Wednesday, August 31, 2005

President Bush Makes a Good Call

Following the utter devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush made the decision two days ago to cut short his Crawford vacation and return to Washington, from where he will personally coordinate the distribution of emergency funds to the ruins of what once was New Orleans.
In this time of national crisis, the image of the President, however embattled, taking the helm in D.C. is one of comfort and reassurance to millions, particularly in the aflicted areas.
The President also made the wise choice of opening up the emergency federal oil reserves to help lessen some of the economic impact that the storm is expected to have on gasoline prices, which some experts have predicted will climb to $4.00 a gallon.
In this instance at least, President Bush has made it clear that he will stand up for the American people and do everything he can to help.
The President should be commended as well for his restraint in not visiting the storm area. Such a high-profile trip would only create additional headaches for local officials who would have to accomodate for the President's security needs and would thus be distracted from their already pressing jobs. If President Bush handled most matters of state as he has this one, the country would be much better off.


Blogger MichaelBains said...

If President Bush handled most matters of state as he has this one, the country would be much better off.

Wouldn' it be wonderful if he knew that?

Welcome back!

8:10 AM  
Blogger RightDemocrat said...

I am sure that we will all be contributing to our favorite relief organization. The tragedy in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast is just overwhelming. Yes, I'm sure that the refugees will continue to stream into Texas and we are getting some in North Florida as well. Of course, our President's response is to joke about what a nice home Trent Lott will be to able to rebuild on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Bush just doesn't get it. Few of Lott's constituents have a second home like their Senator or President. Many now have no jobs and health insurance. This is a disaster of a unprecedented scale and it will take years to rebuild.

Posted below are some quotes and a link to what is left of the New Orleans Times-Picayune with a statement by Democratic Blue Dog Congressman Charlie Melancon about the handling of the Katrina disaster so far.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, made the following comments on President Bush's visit to hurricane-ravished Louisiana:

"I thank the President for his visit today, but it was more show than substance. Frankly, we needed action days ago."

"Louisianans are starving, dying and fearing for their safety. Police personnel are tired, getting sick and they need tetanus shots. Outside of New Orleans, the influx of military troops is not being felt. When I am able to find food and get it to other areas, there are unnecessary road blocks and bureaucracy every step of the way. How many more lives will be lost before people understand that there are problems here the TV cameras can't see?"

5:07 PM  

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