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Old 09-05-2005, 05:48 PM
VirtualBoricua VirtualBoricua is offline
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Let's get real here ...

With all due respect, you distort the nature of most critics of the government's failure to provide more immediate support to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi (and elsewhere). In fact, it was not the “crazy left” (whatever that means) that initiated the call for action.

In fact, it was New Orleans’ own finest. It was Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans, who first shamed the President on national television for ignoring repeated requests for assistance. It was writer Anne Rice, who blasted the media for their racist coverage in a New York Times editorial. It was New Orleans native Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis who issued a call for rescue support and racial tolerance on CNN’s Larry King Live. It was New Orleans’ own newspaper, the Times-Picayune of New Orleans, which blasted the President with a front page editorial. And here in New York, even Republican mayor Bloomberg condemned the late response.

Try as you might, there is no way to excuse the fact that our President spent Tuesday – the day AFTER the storm had killed hundreds of American citizens – playing the guitar at a California fundraiser. Not to mention the fact the he did not return to work until Wednesday, and did not call in the National Guard (and other support) until after Thursday.

It is not a partisan issue. It is an issue of incompetence, at best, and callous disregard for human life, at worst.
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