Ignoring the few truly ugly posts, and hoping we can have an actual debate...
I have to say, I don't have a thorough understanding of what the proper protocols and procedures for this situation are. I think Grace is right and there is a *lot* blame to be laid at the feet of the NO mayor and the LA governor. But what kills me about Bush is that he seemed to just not really notice what was going on. I know I, and everyone else I know, was sitting at home, watching things and thinking that I would do whatever I possibly could to get food and water to those people. I didn't get any sense at all from Bush that he was feeling the same way. Couldn't he have called the governor and ripped her a new one for reacting so inadequately? Or at least given her some advice, or something?? I didn't get the sense that he really understood the desperation that the people in the affected areas must be feeling. And the comments he made that I posted, to me, attest to that. And that seriously seriously disturbs me. Especially in someone who supposedly is so overflowing with empathy for the Iraqis that we had to send Americans to lose their lives for them.
When you start to cook, as when you begin to live, you think that the point is to improve the technique until you end up with something perfect, and that the reason you haven’t been able to break the cycle of desire and disillusion is that you haven’t yet mastered the rules. Then you grow up, and you learn that that’s the game.
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker