There’s no doubt that the scope of the disaster in New Orleans (and other areas along the Gulf Coast) is tremendous. There’s also no doubt that rescue forces (military, government, and private) are facing a monumental task. And finally, there’s no doubt that George Bush has to act decisively to face a challenge unlike anything he’s seen in his time in office.

I don’t want to have Bush’s job, and I know he must be struggling with how to respond. But today he said this:

“We’ve got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we’re going to save lives and stabilize the situation. And then we’re going to help these communities rebuild. 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.” (laughs)


At least Trent Lott’s house will be sweet when this thing is over. I mean, I know our country is under wise leadership when I hear how the President himself is committed to rebuilding one guy’s pad. I’m sure the millions of displaced refugees– who very possibly have lost their houses too– will cheer when they hear it.