There are hundreds of stories by now of what went wrong in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but here’s one in the Los Angeles Times that actually has a happier ending.
In this story, seven children are separated from their parents after being air-evacuated from a flooded apartment building. So where do the rescuers drop the kids off? Alone, with no adult supervision at an evacuation point in New Orleans.
I don’t know about you, but if I handed off my kids to rescuers, I would have expected them to get down the names of the parents or at least take responsibility for my kids once landed. Fortunately, smarter people, who found the kids before something really bad happened, took them to safety in Baton Rouge. Later, the children were reunited with their parents in Texas.
I’m writing about this incident because I’m simply to angry to write about the complete failure of this country’s rescue operations. Sure, they’re working better now, but that doesn’t matter when so many people died since the hurricane struck.
What I find depressing is that this president may get off the hook, as reported by ABC News. How can 55 percent of Americans believe that Bush is not to blame for the rescue failures? If Bush was a Democrat, he’d been ripped to shreds by now by both parties. But why won’t Republicans hold their commander-in-chief responsible? If the American public can’t blame their leader when an event of such magnitude occurs, then sooner or later, this type of horror will happen again.
Additional: I highly recommend you read Kevin Drum’s post in The Washington Monthly about how a Bush photo op was allegedly staged, complete with a phony food distribution site. If true, then I agree with Drum who calls the whole thing “criminal.”
*Update: The incident I mention in the noted out text above turns out to be a mistranslation of a foreign-language broadcast, as explained in a respectfulofotters post.