"Them who's got got out of townAnd them who ain't got left to drown"
--Springsteen How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Time and Live
Black or White: the common denominator was poor and the American government had very little compassion for its own citizens.
Pretty hard for the helicopters to miss the message. The first on the scene was actually people from Cuba, Venezuela and Canada just disgraceful. Not only could the US government not do enough but it even prevented other from helping its own people.
Venezuala - An offer of aid from the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, which included two mobile hospital units, 120 rescue and first aid experts and 50 tonnes of food, has been rejected, according to the civil rights leader, Jesse Jackson.
Mr Jackson said the offer from the Venezuelan leader, whom he recently met, included 10 water purification plants, 18 power generation plants and 20 tonnes of bottled water.
The offer was made in a letter from the Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, Bernardo Alvarez, to the governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco.
It was one of many from governments and aid organisations across the world, despite allegations by many conservative commentators and bloggers that the US is being ignored by countries it has helped during crises.
Mr Jackson said the rejection of the offer from one of Mr Bush's most outspoken political foes was a sign the federal government was incapable of handling the crisis properly. "This may be Mr Bush's worst hour of leadership," said Mr Jackson.
Cuba - On several instances, Cuba has offered to send free doctors and medical supplies to the United States, and the US has turned them down. Is this right? Cuban doctors are known around the world for the excellent medical care they provide in underserved and recent-disaster areas, absolutely free of charge. Why should we turn them down?
Full Story: http://sustainablemedicine.org/2009/03/cubans-offer-free-doctors-us-refuses/
From all over they came to the super dome unfortunately food and water didn't so they sat out in the sun and baked. And they waited for somebody to care enough to do something.
In Springsteen's new song "We Care For Our Own" the Super dome is again mentioned. It's almost as if Springsteen can't get these terrible images out of his mind.
President Bystander looks down
Real Story: http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/5/1/113726.shtml
He says, "Me and my old school pals had some might high times 'round hereAnd what happened to you poor black folks, well it just ain't fair"
He took a look around, gave a little pep talk, said, "I'm with you" then he took a little walk
-- Springsteen "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Time and Live."
The lines are almost actual quotes from Bush about New Orleans whose experiences seemed to have gone no further than getting drunk and yelling "Show me your tits."
For awhile boat was the leading mode of transportation
New Orleans again showed how much we take care of our own when they sold of the school system whole sale, got rid of people's housing, and celebrated the fact they had made people homeless. Even homes that were in decent enough shape had to be torn down so the politicians friends could rebuild in and skim off the top. As Louisiana Congressman Richard Baker (R-LA) said, after the hurricane, "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."