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Saturday, September 03, 2005
What he should have said.....
Instead of lamenting the loss of Trent Lott's plantation estate, this is a simply brilliant alternative speech. Read the whole thing and realize what we're stuck with instead.

My fellow Americans, it has never been my policy to lie to you, neither to exagerate the dangers we face, nor to minimize the challenges that lay before us. Two days ago, with almost biblical force, the Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, including Mississippi and Lousiana. The damage was no less than what a war would have caused - a millon are left homeless, and millions without power and the other sinews of modern life.

As importantly the oil wells and refineries are out of commission. The port of New Orleans, vital for bringing goods in and out of the United States, is out of commission. This is a disaster which has hit in one place, but which reaches out to the rest of the nation, and indeed the world.

In the wake of September 11th, Americans pulled together to face the crisis, and willingly set their personal interests aside to meet the dangers we faced then. I am going to ask them to do the same now, so that a temporary disruption does not grow out of proportion. I ask all Americans to act out of restraint and be mindful of what they use, so that there will be enough to support the vital reconstruction effort that we are about to embark upon.

Therefore, I am taking the following steps immediately, and will follow with others shortly:
Continue reading the link for an inspired list that a true leader might have come up with.
posted by Broadsheet @ 9:07 AM  
2 Editorial Opinions:
  • At September 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Lamenting the loss of Trent Lott's plantation estate". Please to explain for a furriner. I mena the President didn't actually raise that in a speech, did he??



  • At September 06, 2005, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    Campbell -

    I'm afraid he did: "The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch."

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