September 13, 2005

Try Telling That to Keith

Well, now we know that Dubya comes by his “compassion” and his “foot in mouth” disease honestly—from both sides of the family.

On a serious note, I was at the Austin Convention Center on Sunday, and was talking to a man named Keith who had lost not just his home but his entire family—wife and kids—just gone. He was really shell-shocked, so I didn’t press him for details, but he had the otherworldly look of someone who had to stand by helplessly while his loved ones died. Oh, and he didn’t get rescued until the Sunday after the hurricane.

So, Bar, how would you say things were “working out” for him?

Barbara Bush: Things Working Out 'Very Well' for Poor Evacuees from New Orleans

By E&P Staff
Published: September 05, 2005

NEW YORK Accompanying her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, on a tour of hurricane relief centers in Houston, Barbara Bush said today, referring to the poor who had lost everything back home and evacuated, "This is working very well for them."

The former First Lady's remarks were aired this evening on American Public Media's "Marketplace" program.

She was part of a group in Houston today at the Astrodome that included her husband and former President Bill Clinton, wlho were chosen by her son, the current president, to head fundraising efforts for the recovery. Sen. Hilary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama were also present.

In a segment at the top of the show on the surge of evacuees to the Texas city, Barbara Bush said: "Almost everyone I’ve talked to says ‘we're going to move to Houston.’"

Then she added: "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--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."

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