Four months later, Bush’s promise to Katrina victim not acted on.

Remember when Bush went to New Orleans back in April and posed for a photo op with 74-year old Ethel Williams in her ruined home and made a big speech about how rebuilding the city and her home? I remember it. He made a lot of promises.

It’s a shame he’s not really keeping them.

She’s a resident of the Upper Ninth Ward whose home had to be totally gutted after the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina receded. President Bush stood with Williams that day and said she’d get help rebuilding her life.

“We’ve got a strategy to help the good folks down here rebuild,” the president said that day. “Part of it has to do with funding; part of it has to do with housing; and a lot of it has to do with encouraging volunteers from around the United States to come down and help people like Mrs. Williams. So we’re proud to be here with you, Mrs. Williams, and God bless you.”

That was a big day for Williams. Volunteers from Catholic Charities showed up in the morning and cleared out her house. Everything was taken, even the walls and the flooring. Then, with just a half-hour of warning, the president of the United States arrived.

But since that day, not much has happened. Williams’ house has stood gutted, just as it was when the president left.

Big surprise. It made for a great photo op, though, so Bush got what he wanted out of it.

6 thoughts on “Four months later, Bush’s promise to Katrina victim not acted on.

  1. And the sad part:

    She’s confident that President Bush will make sure things work out: “You can’t get me to say he won’t, because he will. Watch.”

    Spoken like a True Believer.

  2. Color me suprised.  My husband and I(we are from the storm torn Gulf Coast region) are still waiting on our FEMA trailer.

  3. This reminded me of empty promises and Nikita Khrushchev saying: Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. wink

  4. That’s the problem with making him make good on things like this.  He never said anything real specific, so anytime someone asks him what he’s doing about it, he can say “I’m working on it.”

    This reminded me of empty promises and Nikita Khrushchev saying: Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

    Like banks: They lend you an umbrella and then want it back the minute it starts to rain.

  5. Anyone remember 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.

    A quote from Bush after Katrina hit.

    Anyone know the status of his “new” house?

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