Monday, August 28, 2006

Bush thinks it's OK to skip New Orleans commemorative services

Skipping anniversary events in New Orleans:
On Tuesday, the anniversary itself, the president is skipping the city's many planned activities, which include wreath-layings, an interfaith service at the city's convention center and a traditional New Orleans jazz funeral march from there to the Superdome. The misery at the convention center and the Superdome in the days just after the storm led to much of the criticism of the federal response.

Instead, Bush is having breakfast with Mayor Ray Nagin and then heading out on his own. He will attend a morning prayer service at the city's 286-year-old St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter; visit a high school for a round-table discussion of first lady Laura Bush's pet Katrina project, restocking the area's libraries; and visit with local residents at an undisclosed venue.
Yes, and his handlers think it's OK to skip out on the city's commemoration events. Why can't he lay a wreath, for pete's sake? Or have the guts to go to the convention center service? This is just disrespectful and frankly, wrong.