Wednesday, September 14, 2005

More Katrina Fallout

ABC News is reporting that New Orleans Congressman Bill Jefferson used National Guard troops to get to his house while the city was still in crisis. This is the same Bill Jefferson who is under investigation by the FBI. (Full Disclosure - I once did some political consulting for the Congressman.) Of course, however his trip home does make sense, since the loss of electricity certainly resulted in money becoming unfrozen.

The story that police in a parish immediately south of New Orleans blocked the Ccrescent City bridge, a potential avenue of escape for people at the Morial Convention Center, has been around for a while, but probably not gotten the play it should have. It is beyond a disgrace, and a perfect example of how race was a factor (although certainly not the factor) in how this tragedy was responded to.

Although I did praise the President yesterday for admitting mistakes were made, lets not go too far in admiring his admitting what is obvious to almost every person in the Country. Although it is nice to see an action that is extremely uncharacteristic of the Administration, an admission of infallibility.

Rumors are floating that the President will name someone to oversee the rebuilding of NO during his speech tomorrow night. Although there are many names floating around the two that should get the most consideration are Colin Powell and John Breaux.

Finally, Maureen Dowd has a killer last sentance in her column today, "[t]he president should stop haunting New Orleans, looking for that bullhorn moment. It's too late."