What could he have done?
The thing that makes bile rise from my stomach, my fingers tremble as I type, and my blood boil with rage while I just cry, Mike, is that we will never know.
What we do know is that President Bush did nothing at all--oh wait, I forget. He assured state and local officials that all of the Federal governments resources were in place to assist the victims of this catastrophe.
If that was all the assistance at the disposal of our government, then we are in some serious trouble.
I'll give one example--a request for the obvious was denied Mayor Nagin. Rubber rafts.
Very simple, but very obvious, and very denied and very much on record.
The reason that request was denied was that rubber rafts do not have the capability to maneuver safely through debris in a storm flood type of situation.
Somebody oughtta tell that to people who put their babies in ice chests and pulled them to safety, sometimes swimming like horses crossing a river.
And yanno? I am so ridiculous.
It doesn't matter what I say.
Your minds are made up, and I am beginning to feel a twinge of condescension when I talk to people regarding what I feel are obvious facts about the negligence and the bumbling fumbling ineptitude of not just the Federal government, but YES, the ridiculous fence straddling of Governor Blanco as she tries not to burn Federal bridges, and Nagin's much publicized look of shock and indignation when he said he had been "misled" regarding the factual extent of how much previous knowledge the branch of government with the most power had at its disposal.
President Bush lied, on several occasions, and the only answer I can get regarding that is the old "President Clinton" war cry of indignation regarding his much overblown (can I say that? ) lie regarding his sexual escapeds.
President Bush lied to us before Katrina--he lied about a WAR issue.
So yes, do go ahead and bring up President Clinton, but keep in mind that President Clinton was impeached for what he did.
I'm waiting for some parity here.
Impeach ALL of the lying bastards. I think that would be fair.
So yes, just pat me on the head, and say, "poor Karen--she's obviously in the rage stage of post traumatic stress/nervous breakdown."
Disregard my words, because, after all, it's difficult for me to be objective being so close to the situation.
Everyone wondered at my silence after the storm, and when a friend of mine asked, I told him that I understood now why war veterans don't talk much when they come home from battle. I finally understand that there are some instances in life that will never be understood unless you were there. Funny tho, generally, in court, those who are eye witnesses are called to testify and I find my judgement being called into question because I am "too close to be objective."
And now there are people I need to thank, because, nodding, some saw that I needed help and stepped up and man of man, because of that help, I survived not one but TWO catastrophes.
Ya'll tend to forget about Rita.
And yanno? I will tell you all now what outraged me the most about this thread, and although it allowed me to vent some rage and those who should remain culpable for thier inactions, the thing that got me the most was the initial post.
I felt that Jaimie's comment regarding "How long?" was insufferable and comparable to complaining about how much noise someone makes as they die.
Jaime--for you I repeat, if our suffering and misery is too much for you to bear--then by all means, turn your attention elsewhere--winter is coming on in Pakistan and I understand there are children there who might need coats for the winter.
May I have the strength not to return to this thread.
I'm really not supposed to get upset. And typing that gave me the first laugh I have had in two days.
We'll figure that out when it's done.
"What could the government have done?"
We are never going to know, now are we? We can't roll tapes back and do it again and the dead are going to remain dead too.