I am watching Bush in Alabama with the governors of Alabama and Mississippi thanking the president and the federal government and FEMA and how great they've been this week.
Bush is standing there and getting briefed as if this is the first time anyone has told him anything. He's asking about cell phone towers...
No one is talking about food or water or dead bodies or people trapped or electricity or gasoline.
And they are thanking each other.
And all these officials are white while the vast majority of people dying and lost and trapped are black and I can't get past this as the most clear explanation of the problems of class and race in the majority of this country.
Class is the big deal. The reason these people are trapped and dying is because they are poor first.
Watching MSNBC and CNN this morning, I got the feeling that news reporters are simply done with the federal government. They can't understand how they can get access to these people and find them and walk the streets relatively safely but the government can't.
Why are people moving so fucking slowly? Why aren't there just a stream of greyhound buses into the city? Or military cargo and transport planes landing nearby?
As Jesse Jackson Jr said this morning: Where are the hotels and motels to house people?
And why is the president in fucking Mobile, Alabama? And why is he talking about Law & Order?
Can't we talk about life?
"Out of this chaos will become a fantastic Gulf Coast! Out of Trent Lott's house will come a fantastic house and I'm going to sit on the front porch!" our president says.
Yeah, fuck you, Mr. Bush.