Local officials, not Bush, deserve the blame for New Orleans breakdown: A response to our new liberal blogger
The Democrats have William J. Clinton. TravelGolf.com readers have William K. Wolfrum.
Wolfrum, if you haven’t noticed, is our new blogger with the picture that looks much more fake than Rebel Blogger’s. Like anyone has that much hair in real life!
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed William K.’s blog on taking the politics out of golf. Because I love it when writers do the exact opposite of what they tell the readers to do. Wolfrum threw this line into his “non-politics blog": The U.S. currently has a president that’s down a World Trade Center and New Orleans in just about five years.
Like 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina would not have happened if Al Gore was in office. Good one, William K.
Look, there are a lot of dumb things President Bush has done. Biking with a Sports Illustrated reporter rather than meeting with the mother of a dead solider for one. But it’s ridiculous to place the breakdowns that followed Hurricane Katrina’s devastation on the White House. Or President Bush’s love for speed golf.
New Orleans’ government was broke long before Mother Nature arrived. When more than half your police force desserts in a time of crisis that’s on the local officials, specifically the mayor, rather than Bush. Can you ever imagine that happening in New York City?
No, because a structure and standard’s been set up and demanded long before catastrophe hits. New Orleans had a law and order problem long before the water rolled through the streets. It’s long had one of the highest murder rates in the country. It’s long had morale problems with its police force.
When I first visited New Orleans, there was a shooting on Bourbon
Street in a crowd of tourist and everyone local treated it like it was no big deal. Shots get fired? So what. These things happen in the Big Easy. That’s your local government, not anything the President failed to do.
OK, I feel better after that no-politics rant William K. style. TravelGolf.com’s new liberal hero is right about Iowa though.
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But I would never say that the hurricane would not have hit New Orleans had someone other than Bush been president. But let me just say this: Had someone else been president, there's no way that hurricane would have hit NO.
Seriously, however, being as hurricanes rarely appear spontaneously and can actually be tracked for days before they hit land, the federal response was just shameful. Especially when you take into account the fact that many have spoken up over the past few years, or written that New Orleans was a massive disaster waiting to happen.
Basically, the intelligence was there and correct, it was just ignored.
As for what would have happened had this been NY or some other city, that can only be conjecture. You just can't accurately predict the outcome of an unprecendented event, which is what occurred in NO.
Regardless of anybody's stance, however, I know everyone hopes for the best for the dislocated Americans involved, and that New Orleans will re-emerge as the great city it's always been.
And kudos to Tim McDonald for working overtime to try and keep people updated on what's become of the once-illustrious Gulf Coast golfing scene.
2. I remember when Payne Stewart started to expound on the racial implications of the PGA at Shoal Creek. Fuzzy Zoeller clamped a hand over his mouth and essentially told the media to not come to pro golfers for social or political commentary. Someone ought to clamp a hand over the keyboards of Baldwin and Wolfrum. Just golf, boys, that's it.
3. Al Gore would not have seen a second term had he emerged victorious in 2000. However, he would have invented a big net to ... GOD, I can't stop myself from thinking of jokes that take advantage of misfortune and tragedy.
Yet another reason to hate you Baldwin...
I'd love for you to say all this BS to the people who were outside the convention center waiting for food , water, and medicine for more than 4 days.
You might as well spit on the elderly, and babies who died waiting for help.
Not that I'm surprised you believe this- I fully expected you to feel a kinship with someone as dumb and incompetent as George Bush.
Sure, the Governor and Mayor are pretty incompetent, but The President hardly distinguished himself in the competency department.
But hey - he did cut his 30-day vacation short by 2 days to do a flyover of New Orleans.....
Stick to Wie bashing. Cause your grade school intellect prevents you from writing a thoughtful, logical and persuasive article on moderately complicated subjects. It's embarassing when you try to.
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