Tuesday, September 06, 2005

"They've had press conferences. I'm sick of press conferences. For God's sake, shut up and send us somebody."

So were the honest and apolitical words of Aaron Broussard, the President of Jefferson Parish in New Orleans, after describing on NBC's Sunday Meet the Press how the elderly mother of a man he knows drowned in a nursing home this past Friday night after almost a week of waiting for federal help.

If you saw Meet the Press on Sunday with an open heart, you could not help but be moved by how this man broke down as he quoted his acquaintance and expressed his own anger,
'yeah mama, somebody's coming to get ya, somebody's coming to get ya on Tuesday, somebody's coming to get ya on Wednesday, somebody's coming to get ya on Thursday, somebody's coming to get you on Friday.'
And she drowned Friday night. She drowned Friday night. Nobody's coming to get us.
The despair in his voice was absolutely agonizing.

I heard on Monday's ten o'clock news that 8 days after Katrina left--3 days too late for that poor woman--FEMA finally arrived in Jefferson Parish.

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