The forgotten heroes of Katrina

August 29, 2008

From Barack Obama’s acceptance speech:

We are more compassionate than a government that … sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes.

This is a variation on the oft-used statement that the federal government “did nothing”.  On my good days the statement annoys me and on other days it angers me.  You see, there was this little group that’s part of the Department of Homeland Security that did a little something.  They did not let a city drown, they rescued more than 30,000 people.  The United States Coast Guard deserves better.

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One Response to “The forgotten heroes of Katrina”

  1. Elizabeth M Says:

    The criticism is not of the rescuers, but of those who waited too long to send them. The whole country watched in horror at what happened. There are no excuses for the mismanagement, the delays and the criminal incompetence all the way up the line. We’ll never forget it.


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