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Further Thoughts on Obama and New Orleans

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

LNW_Obama-HopeA few days ago, prompted by an article by Naomi Klein in The Nation (“New Orleans: The City That Won’t Be Ignored”), we were asking, “Where was Obama while McCain was exploiting Gustav?” On further reflection, we should acknowledge that as the hurricane was approaching and two million were evacuating, fearing Katrina II, Obama said he did not want to get in the way of the emergency preparations. Also, it was easier for McCain to join his fellow Republicans, governors Barbour and Jindal, and with help from President Bush, all of whom had an interest in the GOP’s being seen as handling the emergency effectively. A Democrat would have been unwelcome in such a setting and likely unable to help much. And Obama did send out an e-mail to his vast list of supporters titled “Help Gulf Coast residents and first responders” urging us to “give whatever you can afford, even $10, to make sure the American Red Cross has the resources to help those in the path of this storm.”