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Disater photo ops

Original post made by Walter_E_Wallis, Midtown, on Aug 4, 2007

Does anyone beside me want to shout NO! Whenever, after a disaster, presidents, governor and assorted politicians rush to the disaster scene to prove that they care? I was first ticked when, during the Loma Prieta aftermath the VP visited the Marina fire. At the time, another pumper would have been more helpful than a VIP visit with the requisite security. Bush’s overflight of Katrina was ridiculed, and so he came back and choppered in, when the same effort to bring in more workers or supplies would have better served.
I encourage politicians to take the word of the professionals on the site that a disaster did happen. Let them stay at their control center where they can better provide direction when needed, and not divert recovery efforts.

Comments (8)

Posted by joyce
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 4, 2007 at 11:22 am

It would be more impressive if the government actually provided aid. I see the Big Turkey was doing a photo op at the bridge disaster today. Mrs. Turkey was there yesterday.

I wonder if it will turn out that Minneapolis gets effective aid when New Orleans didn't. Minneapolis being mainly white and middle class, New Orleans having made the mistake of being largely black and working class.

Posted by terry
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 4, 2007 at 3:32 pm

joyce dont play the race game that is insane, to think that just because there are black people in New Orleans means that there was a delay in aid is moronic. Dont jump to ridiculous acusations without anything to back it up.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 4, 2007 at 5:28 pm

The practice I reference iscommon to all politicians in all disasters. The blindness that makes someone turn it into yet another pathetic BDS moment is unique.

Posted by k
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 4, 2007 at 7:12 pm

While I agree with Walter, the problem is, if the politicians (governor, etc.) DON'T put in an appearance on the scene, then they are also faulted for not responding effectively/efficiently enough. Or not caring. So what they need to do is show evidence they are doing that while staying out of the way.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 5, 2007 at 4:17 am


Posted by Former New Orleans resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2007 at 8:17 am

Here we go with Katrina again.

1900-Galveston-8,000 died from a hurricane. Don't know population then, but even now it is only about 50,000.

Now- New Orleans, a city of 1.5 million...1.2 million evacuated as told to do. 300,000 did not. Mayor did not allow empty buses to go into town and pick up people who had chosen to stay. Governor did not allow prep of dome to bring people to before the storm. State refusal of offered fed aid prior to storm.

Within 2 hours of landfall, helicopter relief was in the air. Within 3 days, ( 2 days of levee break) 100,000 rescue workers were working to save the ones who did not evacuate as told to do.

Total death count- 1,800...tragic and horribly sad, but a death rate of .006% of those who remained after being told to leave, or .0012% of total population. Compared to all prior death rates..astonishing.

What is even more astonishing is most of the deaths resulted from the breaking of the levy, which was well known to need repair, and well known to have had funds "melt away" that had been given by the feds for its repair,..and the people of New Orleans were ignoring these warnings by people running for govt even 30 years ago when I lived there, preferring to vote in govt officials who promised give-aways instead of repair.

I continue to fail to understand the criticism. I am, instead, completely amazed that in spite of so many who failed to leave, and in spite of a massive failure of city and state govt to either force evacuations or prepare for disaster, so many of us responded to help at the Fed and private level. I see our response as a testament to the greatness of our kind spirit. Did you notice how much help we got from around the world?

We, as Americans, have always been prepared to care for ourselves in disasters, not expecting "Mom and Dad" in the form of government to rescue us right away, understanding that, in the end, we are responsible for ourselves first and foremost, and for our neighbors as we are able. We have always known to flee in the event of an oncoming catastrophe, and then return and re-build, if we decide it was a fluke of nature. We, until this century, have NOT re-built along flood areas!

We now have 160,000,000 people living on the coasts in USA..only 20 years ago it was 120,000,000. When is this silliness going to stop? Every flood will bring more and more deaths. Whose job is it to prevent stupidity? The FEDS??? I don't think so.

Even when I moved here 30 years ago, I read that I shouldn't expect help after an earthquake from just our STATE for 3 days, let alone the Feds. I am white..I didn't see this as racism, just reality. I have a week's worth of food, water, medecines, clothes and shelter in storage for an emergency.

110 billion in fed aid ( our taxes) so far to Mississippi and Louisiana- Miss is re-built, New Orleans is still complaining that it can't finish, and playing "race". McDonalds is offering over $10/hour around New Orleans, in an area where this is a decent wage for unskilled labor, more than welfare, and still can't find workers, so imagine the rest of the area trying to get employees for construction and for re-building businesses. What is wrong with the area that people won't work?

Yet Mississippi is done. All the schools, towns and houses are re-built.

At some point we have to recognize that there is a level of self-responsiblity that is necessary for survival and recovery. No amount of fed money and help can change that.

Posted by nonymouse
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 5, 2007 at 12:52 pm

this is the way business is done wally old sport
in case you've forgotten
hold a baby in your arms while you run for office
pretend that you care when disaster strikes
business as usual old sport
dont sweat the petty stuff
pet the sweaty stuff

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 5, 2007 at 8:36 pm

I am aware that is the way it is. Jim Crow used to be the way it was and I refused to accept that, too. The disaster photo op needs to go.

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