Bush: New Orleans Not Worth Mentioning
If you didn't happen to catch President Bush's State of the Union address last night, let me tell you now: he didn't mention New Orleans once. You might recall that last year, when the disaster was still fresh on everyone's minds, he mentioned it only very briefly at the end of his speech.
This is digusting. Hundreds of thousands of God's children are still suffering in Louisiana and Mississippi. You saw the Bob Herbert quote - the government's negligence and failure can be blamed for much of this. And the President's reaction? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I often gripe about the media's lack of coverage on the issue, but it is the President who sets the national agenda. Perhaps my criticism has been somewhat misguided - or at least not spread wide enough.
Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), who wrote and delievered the Democratic response, gave New Orleans a mention fairly early on in the speech, and I thank him for it. At least that's something. But while Democrats have both houses of Congress, they don't have the White House and its Presidential bully pulpit. New Orleans is, alongside nuclear proliferation and climate change, the most important issues facing us today. As Dean Stuart Lord here at Dartmouth says, we have a moral obligation to help the people of the Gulf Coast - yet the President does nothing. No wonder nothing gets done down there. F'shame.
Thank you, Senator Webb! I was excited by your campaign from the very beginning!