Well, President Obama’s rhetoric is mostly what you’d expect in New Orleans, laced with some decently written inspiration stuff about how the city is pluckily bouncing back.
But of course, not a mention of President Bush by the current “outreach” president, even though many believe Bush performed admirably helping the city after the initial disaster, which was caused in no small part by the failures of local political meatheads in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Instead of magnanimity and unity from Obama, there were not-too-carefully camouflaged digs at his predecessor, as well as a pitch for Democratic Sen Mary Landrieu. Here are some comments from the remarks as prepared for delivery.
It was a natural disaster but also a manmade catastrophe; a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men, women, and children abandoned and alone . . .
When I took office, more than three years after the storm, tens of thousands of families were still stuck in disaster housing – with many living in small trailers provided by FEMA. We were spending huge sums of money on temporary shelter when we knew it would be better for families, and less costly for taxpayers, to help people get into affordable, stable, and more permanent housing. So we’ve helped make it possible for people to find those homes, dramatically reducing the number of families in emergency housing . . .
We are cutting through the tangle of red tape that has impeded rebuilding efforts for years. We are making government work better and smarter . . .
Some weirdness before the remarks, when Obama made a surprise stop at a roadside place. From the pool report:
A young man standing beneath one of those Ziploc bags (filled with water for some reason) told POTUS to “get the surf and turf, on top of each other.”
“The combo thing,” POTUS replied knowingly. “There was a time I could do that. When I was your age.
Huh? The surf ‘n turf is too much?
Also a funny moment, when his order was ready, apparently an announcement over the loudspeaker, “Barack pickup.”