Not to make too much of this

September 8, 2005

I just thought this was an interesting statement made by Barbara Bush.

Barbara Bush was making "a personal observation" when she said poor people at a relocation center in Houston were faring better than before Hurricane Katrina struck, President Bush's spokesman said yesterday.</p>

Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, did not answer directly when asked if the president agreed with his mother's remarks.

Mrs. Bush, after touring the Astrodome in Houston on Monday, said: "What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, 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 is working very well for them." She commented during a radio interview with the American Public Media program "Marketplace." McClellan, at the White House briefing, said: "I think she was making a personal observation on some of the comments that people were making that she was running into ... ."</strong>

Now, this could be a touchy subject, but perhaps Barbara Bush was getting really to the point about how the living conditions were for many people in New Orleans even before the hurricane. Something that the White House would rather not look at. Perhaps some might consider it to be a tasteless comment, but based on what I've read (I've been to New Orleans before, but spent most of my time in the French Quarter) life in New Orleans was tough for a lot of people. Despite how it is said, sometimes we need someone to come up and tell us that the Emperor's new clothes are his babysuit.

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