Barbara Bush says Victims are Better Off Now




 
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Barbara Bush says Victims are Better Off Now
 
September 8th, 2005  
mzspaztastic
 
 

Topic: Barbara Bush says Victims are Better Off Now


Barbara Bush says Victims are Better Off Now
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The Nation -- Finally, we have discovered the roots of George W. Bush's "compassionate conservatism."

On the heels of the president's "What, me worry?" response to the death, destruction and dislocation that followed upon Hurricane Katrina comes the news of his mother's Labor Day visit with hurricane evacuees at the Astrodome in Houston.

Commenting on the facilities that have been set up for the evacuees -- cots crammed side-by-side in a huge stadium where the lights never go out and the sound of sobbing children never completely ceases -- former First Lady Barbara Bush concluded that the poor people of New Orleans had lucked out.

"Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them," Mrs. Bush told American Public Media's "Marketplace" program, before returning to her multi-million dollar Houston home.

On the tape of the interview, Mrs. Bush chuckles audibly as she observes just how great things are going for families that are separated from loved ones, people who have been forced to abandon their homes and the only community where they have ever lived, and parents who are explaining to children that their pets, their toys and in some cases their friends may be lost forever. Perhaps the former first lady was amusing herself with the notion that evacuees without bread could eat cake.

At the very least, she was expressing a measure of empathy commensurate with that evidenced by her son during his fly-ins for disaster-zone photo opportunities.

On Friday, when even Republican lawmakers were giving the federal government an "F" for its response to the crisis, President Bush heaped praise on embattled Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown. As thousands of victims of the hurricane continued to plead for food, water, shelter, medical care and a way out of the nightmare to which federal neglect had consigned them, Brown cheerily announced that "people are getting the help they need."

Barbara Bush's son put his arm around the addled FEMA functionary and declared, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

Like mother, like son.

Even when a hurricane hits, the apple does not fall far from the tree.
WOW. That's all I have to say!
September 8th, 2005  
KC72
 
 
Open mouth and insert foot
September 8th, 2005  
Marinerhodes
 
 
What is the source of this?
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Barbara Bush says Victims are Better Off Now
September 8th, 2005  
mmarsh
 
 
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Originally Posted by Marinerhodes
What is the source of this?
He wrote it up top, its THE NATION.

However I also found a article on it in the NY Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/07/na...iyd0f0RwVU9HVQ
September 8th, 2005  
WARmachine88
 
give the old lady a break,

everybody makes mistakes.
September 9th, 2005  
Marinerhodes
 
 
Well, if you think about it this way, that most of the impoverished of the population of New Orleans will be getting new homes (eventually) money (eventually) and basically given a new start (eventually) then yes, they are a bit better off. This is the way my wife explained it to me. She is keeping up with the news on this more than me, I hate TV. She said something about at least one Mobile Home company sending 1800 Mobile Homes (house trailers or prefabricated houses) to New Orleans to help. It is sitting a few states away, mainly cause they are not sure where exactly they need to put them at yet I think.
September 9th, 2005  
mmarsh
 
 
Its a Marie Antoinette "Let them eat cake" type of comment.
September 9th, 2005  
Marinerhodes
 
 
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Originally Posted by mmarsh
Its a Marie Antoinette "Let them eat cake" type of comment.
Not up on my history, I will have to look that up.
September 9th, 2005  
KC72
 
 
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Not up on my history, I will have to look that up.
come on lad, you must know that?
September 9th, 2005  
Marinerhodes
 
 
http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_334.html


Now I do. Not sure how accurate this is but it seems to be reasonable.