I just had a blast on the Mississippi Gulf Coast last weekend, Mike. Beau Rivage Casino was PACKED--Alice Cooper was, well, very Alice Cooper, and the Hard Rock cafe' was just a jammin' as well, what with the convention in town that showcased classic cars that coulda made a Lexus blush....
So I'm sure it wasn't an intentional snub from President Obama. Nor was it an intentional snub that he didn't ride through New Orleans East, or St. Bernard Parish, or Slidell, or nearer the border to Texas...where Katrita held so many hostage.
Perhaps he was just trying make up for the insult added to injury for the misplaced faith the citizens of the Greater New Orleans Area had placed in our government--parish, state but most especially Federal.
I mean, the buck is supposed to stop at Federal, isn't it?
Or does it just stop at Wall St. now?
I can point with pride at the progress our local government has made. Blighted houses demolished, codes--ENFORCED, and you may trust that now that I'm able I'll climb and walk those levees myself come springtime, and let you know if the Feds are getting it right this time. (Complaints of seepage prior to 2005 are a matter of record.)
You do err, comparing Mississippi to New Orleans. The disaster in New Orleans could have, should have, and was SUPPOSED to be prevented. The neglect of G.W. and lack of response was inexcusable, and Mississippi was granted more dollars per capita IMMEDIATELY after the storm as well.
I cried during Obama's inaugural address (along with YOU, I'm sure) but for a different reason...Obama mentioned US--New Orleans as part of the nation, and it was only then that I felt a bit of that chip on my shoulder start to feel lighter.
Is it enough to just mention us? HELLZ to the NO. (grammatical pun fully intended.)
Do not be divisive about our family in Mississippi--we ain't buyin' THAT either. Talk to my friend, who had a home in Lakeview, as well as a home in Gulfport. Well, never mind. Kathe' has more spunk than I. I doubt she'd speak, but she'd show you a sign.
Come here, Mike. Please.
I had dinner last Sunday with Jo Jo Powell (who I hope is recovering nicely from her surgery) at Mulatte's. I think you might have enjoyed that.
And yanno? I can't believe you went there (meaning here). You know damned well that the screamingly pitiful shame of the event(s) in New Orleans and it's dependent outlying communities was a study of Government neglect--and I personally consider it the crap-icing on the G.W. cake.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get ready for my weekend porch party--one of my new neighbors (who lost everything in a subdivision called Woodmere) has been quite the emotional catalyst for me, so if I'm not around much these days, it's because that woman won't allow me to lay down and die. Nor will my other new neighbor from New Orleans East.
We are not going to be divided here. We had a preview of this recession because of the storms, and Obama is correct--we WILL persevere.
Like him? We're just getting started. (That's actually all I caught of the Town Hall meeting--the rest of my time yesterday was spent watching an expletive spaceship soar across the Colorado sky...)
And I thought New Orleans was eccentric?
PEH. (That's for Susan C.)
Don't make come back in here again!