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Quotational Therapy: Part 45 --Bush On Katrina.

President Bush-


...tonight I also offer this pledge of the American people: Throughout the area hit by the hurricane, we will do what it takes, we will stay as long as it takes, to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives. And all who question the future of the Crescent City need to know there is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again.


Americans have never left our destiny to the whims of nature -- and we will not start now.

These trials have also reminded us that we are often stronger than we know -- with the help of grace and one another. They remind us of a hope beyond all pain and death, a God who welcomes the lost to a house not made with hands. And they remind us that we're tied together in this life, in this nation -- and that the despair of any touches us all.


In this place, there's a custom for the funerals of jazz musicians. The funeral procession parades slowly through the streets, followed by a band playing a mournful dirge as it moves to the cemetery. Once the casket has been laid in place, the band breaks into a joyful "second line" -- symbolizing the triumph of the spirit over death. Tonight the Gulf Coast is still coming through the dirge -- yet we will live to see the second line.

-George W. Bush, September 15, 2005, Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Read the entire speech here.

Or watch it here.

This was an important speech. It was not President Bush's best, or most soaring, speech. But it was certainly one of the top few most important speeches of his presidency. And he delivered in a big way.

The speech was optimistic and hopeful, and the nuts and bolts of it were very exciting. A Gulf Coast Opportunity zone, for one, will go a long way in getting New Orleans and the surrounding area back on its feet.

Let's empower individuals, not permanently and arbitrarily expand the federal government.


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Posted by Will Franklin · 16 September 2005 10:03 AM


God bless our President and our Nation! Today I was trying to figure out the amount of money that New Orleans would recieve for the Emergency Relief Aid alone??? I understand that there are other States involved... ( Mississippi and Alabama) I am just wondering how many people were affected all together by Katrina? I am also wondering how much Fed. Money will be forked over after the " Relief Money"? Are the "relief funds" seperate from the actual funds that will be given to rebuild? I guess what I am saying that 60 billion dollars sounds like a great deal for temporary relief aid! At what point do these victims pitch in and help themselves?... Sorry if that sounds insensitive! That is not my intension!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 16, 2005 05:41 PM

I have another question! How many of these individuals owned their homes? AND how many had flood insurance?...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 16, 2005 05:45 PM

You know, Zsa Zsa, you'll be accused of insensitivity whether it's your intention or not. You'll also be a racist, a fascist, a nazi, and blah, blah, blah.

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, one of the brave eleven who voted "nay" on the last "emergency" hurricane relief appropriation, said:

"The more than $60 billion Congress will have allocated after this legislation passes is enough to give every family of four affected by the hurricane a cash payment of $120,000, and yet none of that $60 billion will be spent to actually rebuild anything in New Orleans, Mississippi, or Alabama." (emphasis mine)

I guarantee you he's already been accused of insensitivity, etc.

Arizona's Congressman Jeff Flake, another of the Gang of Eleven, said:
“Today Congress appropriated another $50 billion in hurricane relief, and it’s just a start.  That's an average contribution of more than $600 from every household in America.  Congress has the responsibility to cut spending elsewhere if we are going to commit this amount of money.” (emphasis mine again)

He's clearly another insensitive guy!

These eleven Republicans, unique in their courage to stand up for their convictions (and yours and my wallets!), weren't objecting to the expenditures per se, but rather the typical, knee-jerk reaction of throwing huge sums of money at a situation with absolutely no oversight or accountability.

Kind of makes you think all those other Representatives with a capital R after their name are really just RINOs (Republicans in name only) doesn't it?

Posted by: RPalmer at September 17, 2005 03:17 AM

I really care about these people and have been giving money and clothes and school supplies etc.
I really believe in helping people who are in need! I am just saying that the Fed. Gov. should not enable these victims to the point that they are forever depending on the help of the Fed. Gov.
It is like when my husband and I first were married! We really did live basically on love! (so to speak) Our income I suppose was virtually at poverty level...BUT we were great because we had each other! We didn't have the Fed. assistance and we were still just fine!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 17, 2005 08:42 AM

I guess what I am saying is that able bodied people need to be encouraged to prosper and become productive self reliant citizens and not depend on the Fed. Gov. to support them forever!... I don't think I am any of those things you say I will be accused of!...I believe if you are continually given everything you don't appreciate it as much as when you earn it!... Does that make me a NAZI...???

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 17, 2005 08:51 AM

Bush should have responded faster.

Posted by: Sherry at September 19, 2005 01:44 AM