Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Hurricane Katrina's greatest hits (or, you are doing a heckuva job faithful narrator)

So I have been watching Spike Lee's documentary When The Levees Broke about Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath in New Orleans. I watched the first two hours and am not sure when I will be able to watch the second two hours as it is just emotionally draining. I can't believe the people of the United States have not risen up and tried to take back the government from George Bush and his cronies. How can they not care? How can they even think of voting in the republicans again? How could Bush and FEMA and everyone else involved in trying to first save the people of New Orleans and then trying to repair the city afterwards be so lackadaisecal?

This documentary will have you in tears one minute and shaking with rage another minute later. J-Mac wrote about this same documentary earlier in the summer.

Here are my top 5 post Katrina moments that deal with how well the US government have been dealing with the aftermath.

1. Kanye West on the Hurricane Katrina telethon saying that George Bush doesn't care about black people. I love the growing uncomfortableness in Mike Myers' face as he realizes Kanye West is going way off the script.

2. Anderson Cooper taking senator Mary Landrieu to task after she talks about how well the different levels of government are handling their post-Katrina response. Essentially burying her head in the sand from what is really going on. This is the moment where Anderson Cooper became a star.

3. As Dick Cheney tours the wreckage of New Orleans. A passerby tells him exactly how he feels about him.

4. That great George Bush quote as he compliments FEMA director Mike Brown for a job well done. Clearly Bush has no clue and this comes off as arrogance and stupidity.

5. Barbara Bush touring the devestation of New Orleans and I guess she is rationalizing the government's response to the Hurricane with this quote. A quote that basically insults all people living in the area below the poverty line. What's even worse is that Bill Clinton and George Bush Senior are standing beside her when she says it and they say nothing!

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.



Anonymous lmac said...

I'd love to see the Spike Lee doc - doubt it will play over here, but might at some point. It was pretty sickening to see GWB using the anniversary of Katrina as yet another photo op.

However, the media's complacency when reporting on him is just as shocking. Fortunately, Keith Olbermann on NBC is a dissenting voice. Check out his 9/11 piece: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6210240/#060911a

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