Feds Learn New Orleans Still There
September 2, 2005
Apparently the US government finally remembered that there were people who needed help in New Orleans, with troops finally arriving in force, a mere five days after Hurricane Katrina.
At the New Orleans Convention Center, some of the thousands of storm victims awaiting their deliverance applauded, threw their hands heavenward and screamed, “Thank you, Jesus!” as the camouflage-green trucks and hundreds of soldiers arrived in this increasingly desperate and lawless city.
“Lord, I thank you for getting us out of here,” said Leschia Radford.
But there was also anger and profane catcalls.
“Hell no, I’m not glad to see them. They should have been here days ago. I ain’t glad to see ’em. I’ll be glad when 100 buses show up,” said 46-year-old Michael Levy, whose words were echoed by those around him yelling, “Hell, yeah! Hell yeah!”
I’m pleased to see that they actually managed to locate the Convention Center (hint — it’s the real big building next to the river with all the refugees in it — it’s right across from the casino, and there are a LOT of pissed off people standing outside it — you really can’t miss it), since yesterday the head of FEMA (on CNN) and the head of Homeland Security (on NPR) both claimed to be surprised to learn there was a problem there — despite the fact that the whole country had seen plenty of media coverage of the deplorable conditions there — rapes, murders, dead elderly and children, etc.
Somebody ought to rename these organizations — the way our Emergency has been Federally Managed, our Homeland Secured, and our Nation Guarded has been sadly lacking, both in the preparation for and the mitagation after this disaster.
Charity may begin at home, but at some point government attention needs to start here as well.