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September 8, 2005

And the other side...

Dori Smith posted an interesting bit about Barbara Bush's take on the hurricane and the relief efforts.

[After visiting the Astrodome,] Barbara Bush said: "Almost everyone I’ve talked to says we're going to move to Houston."

Then she added: "What I’m hearing is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this — this [she chuckles slightly] is working very well for them."

What on earth, lady? Many of those droll and amusing underprivileged people did have homes, and did have jobs, and did have a family, and did have some modicum of a life. Some of them were likely trying to work their way out of the projects; now they're penniless, without possessions of any sort, and living on cots in a sports arena. How in the hell is that "working very well" for any of them? Even in the crappiest of the projects, you'd still have some privacy and independence.

Real life does not begin and end at the country club.

Posted by Colin at September 8, 2005 9:27 AM

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