Friday, September 16, 2005
Lights On, Lights Off
I (Brian Williams) am duty-bound to report the talk of the New Orleans warehouse district last night: there was rejoicing (well, there would have been without the curfew, but the few people I saw on the streets were excited) when the power came back on for blocks on end. Kevin Tibbles was positively jubilant on the live update edition of Nightly News that we fed to the West Coast. The mini-mart, long ago cleaned out by looters, was nonetheless bathed in light, including the empty, roped-off gas pumps. The motorcade route through the district was partially lit no more than 30 minutes before POTUS (President of the United States) drove through. And yet last night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to audible groans. It's enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed it... jump to certain conclusions.
GOI: This reminds me of something I witnessed in the corrupt politics of Cote D'Ivoire, West Africa where I lived for 2 years.
It was "election" time in the country and I was living in the "capital" of the country which had a few years earlier been moved from the port city, business capital of Abidjan to the "built-up over night" capital of Yamoussoukro in the center of the country.
Anyway, the current "President" Bedie was coming to visit and in advance the "police" went around and locked up all the homeless and swept up the streets (which never get done at other times) and otherwise made the place "presentable" for the "President."
Back to Bush:
Why did he even speak from the French Quarter knowing that they did not have power?
That just pisses people off even more to get their hopes up that power was on and then come to find out it was just for the "King."
It was a photo op designed to pump up his popularity in the wake of an embarrassing respone on his part.
He should have stayed at the WH, put on a suit and looked Presidential instead of looking like he was "on the campaign trail" running for office.
Lights on, lights off.
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