I have lived through Andrew and its aftermath. We didn't have flooding but we lost power for over three weeks, and had limited food and water. Roads were impassable and we were completely cut off, no phone, no TV, no communication at all. What I wanted, at the time, was the power to come back on, I wanted food, and I wanted water and I so wanted to be able to talk to my family. But I was lucky, I was in my own home.
Those in New Orleans are going through sheer and utter hell on earth. Not just the trauma of losing one's home and one's community but even mankind's basic needs are in jeopardy. Food, water and shelter - shelter that is dry, food that is fresh and water that is drinkable. In a first world country, that is unthinkable which is why the majority of us are so shocked.
Please do what you can and donate here...
But what, Minerva, has this got to do with your title?
Well, here you are... Bush is coming back from his holiday a full two DAYS early to help command the relief effort. Well, whoopy, dooby, do. I am sure that is thrilling both the Governers of Louisiana and Mississippi and the Mayor, who have been amazing in their communication and obvious dedication to their citizens.
So Bush is coming back and guess what? He is going to tour the most stricken areas on Friday. I am sure that this has nothing to do with sinking ratings due to what is going on in Iraq but here is a personal message for you, George W. STAY AWAY! Yes, that is right...stay away.
Think about it folks, who would you vote for? Someone who comes in and tours the area and then will talk more about it and tell everyone how awful it is? Or someone who shows some sensitivity to the actual gravity of the situation, and rather than using up resources guarding, transporting, flying him, etc. will just release the money, the resources and the effort for those people who can actually help on the ground. If I was president, I would be saying that if people can't return to their only home on this planet, then what right do I have to enter their city as a tourist?
Stay in Washington, George, and do everything YOU can to expedite the aid effort...