Friday, September 02, 2005

Relief Timed for President's Photo Op?

Crooks and Liars

* Update * Sat, Sept 3. 16:30 (-0700 GMT) *
Thankfully, rescue and evacuation efforts have taken extreme steps forwards today. Perhaps, instead of being a photo op, the President's visit gave the rescue personnel the kick in the ass they needed to get into New Orleans and save the tens of thousands of stranded people.

CNN's Jack Cafferty made a real great point today. (If you missed it, you can watch the video at the above link.)

Is it possible that today's single shipment of food & water to the New Orleans Convention Center was timed to coincide with the President's tour of the region? Honestly, now that I think about sure looked like it. They dropped off food & water, picked up a few dozen people and got the hell out of there. Reporters at the scene asked when they would be back to deliver more and would bring busses...apparantly the guardsment could only answer with blank stares.

Any suspisions of this being a public relations move by the white house will be confirmed or dispelled tomorrow. If there isn't significantly more relief delivered tomorrow...well, let's just hope there is more help tomorrow.

I just can't believe that our country can't help these people. The response to 9/11 was immediate, swift, and overwhelming. The response to this has been, well, embarrasing and shameful. I'm sure we aren't seeing the whole picture - but what we can see has been terrible.


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