So. I was channel surfing through the cable news shows and came across Larry King, suck up extraordinaire, interviewing George Sr. and Barbara. No newsworthy information of course - more of a commercial for how great their son is. He has a strong heart, he's determined, he feels people's pain, he's a man of faith. Uh huh. Parents get to brag on their kids. Of course, when the kid is the President and their bragging on Larry King while the devastation from Katrina is still being uncovered, it's a bit much. I hit my threshold when Barbara said that she'd talked to some evacuees in the AstroDome and they told her that when Bush Jr. flew over the area, it made all the difference in their lives.
REALLY?!? Imagine. Your home city is flooded and you're stranded on a spit of highway. You have no food or water for days. People around you are dying. When food and water are finally delivered, you hear promises of rescue, which doesn't happen for another day. Or two. Or maybe you followed the directive to go the sports arena because you didn't have the means to get out of New Orleans. You suffer heat, dehydration, filth, and violence. You're scared, thirsty, hungry, and locked in. You're promised evacuation. And when the buses come, they're turned away. Finally, you get on a bus in the same clothes you've been wearing for days. You ride for hours in order to be safe, to have food, water and shelter. Whether you come from the highway or the arena, would you really say upon learning that Bush flew over the Gulf Coast that it made all the difference in your life? I think not.
I might excuse this as a poor attempt by a mother to support her son. I was working my way towards that view when I heard that in a different news segment Barbara said: "So many people in the Astrodome were underprivileged anyway so this is working really well for them."
Are you kidding me? This is the statement of someone so fundamentally out of touch with the common man that they really shouldn't let her near a microphone. Does she really think that living in an arena, having gone through a terribly traumatic ordeal, having lost the few possession you had and possibly lost people you love... does she think that's better than living in poverty? That living in a public space on the charity of others with no privacy, no ownership, hundreds of miles from the place you know, sleeping next to strangers in the noise of thousands under lights that are always on... this is better than living in poverty?
I'm ashamed that someone so callous and assuming and uninformed and disconnected was our country's first lady.