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An open letter to America:

Good afternoon my fellow Americans. Everyone here in New Orleans wanted to thank you for paying attention to us yesterday. We really do appreciate this country taking time out to say hello on the 2nd anniversary of the thing.

To all the mass media that took time away from covering the latest Lindsey Lohan or Paris Hilton exploits, thanks for stopping by! It was nice to see you for a change. It’s been what a year or even two for some of you so again, thanks for passing through.

To our wonderful fantastic leaders in Washington D.C., thanks for taking time away from sending taxpayer dollars to either your cronies or to some far away land that needs a windmill. We know how busy you all are, either shooting things in Texas or trying to move a moron from one disaster (see Homeland Security) to another (see Attorney General).

Thanks for giving us that wonderful news President Bush. Even though you made a decision to not speak with anyone who lives here, except for other losers like yourself (meaning politicos), we thank you for noticing that things here are so much better. I know that view from a schoolyard is a really good way to understand what folks here are going through.

Once again, we cannot express how grateful we are for everyone paying attention for a day. It has really made everyone feel safer and just gives us a tingling feeling.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for August 29th 2008. We know we probably won’t see you until then but I’m sure we’ll still be here, waiting for your yearly drop-in.

18 Comments so far

  1. kg (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

    You know. I completely ignored the fact that our own favorite lobotomized redneck-in-charge was in town and went about my day. Unfortunately, people who live on the West Bank didn’t have that luxury as, and I paraphrase, “The CCC will be shut down from time to time throughout the day (yesterday) to accomodate the President, and No, we can’t tell you when because of security reasons. So all you poor suckers can just swim home from work for all we care. Appropriate, no?”

    After weighing the facts and long deliberation, I reached the scientific conclusion yesterday that the media can suck it.


  2. Bonnie (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    Um, excuse me – I don’t live in New Orleans, and I subscribe to this blog because I care, and I read every post.

    I have been a “visitor” to New Orleans for the past 20 years and 18 months ago my children gave up their father and I gave up my husband to your fine town so that he can help the re-building effort.

    You may THINK that the rest of the country doesn’t care but that is not what I see here in Pennsylvania. In fact, my son’s elementary school is continuing it’s fundraising effort as they adopted a school in St. Bernard Parish last year and I have seen first hand the caring from the students, faculty and parents.

    I display New Orleans magnets on my car and am constantly asked for updates and what people can do to help. (FYI, I have told people to go visit as it would be a win/win situation for all – they have a great time and eat well, and help local businesses by spending money – please tell me if that is not a good response)

    Just as “y’all” don’t want to be lumped into one category, please don’t judge the rest of us based on media representation because we all know how often they get the story right.


  3. KG (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    Bonnie, it must feel great to be a tourist for 20 years and then, after the storm, get to be a local expert up there in Pennsylvania on what happens in New Orleans. An adopted school, magnets on your car AND collecting canned goods for a school in St. Bernard? Damn, girl, we should all be on our knees, right? Why, we New Orleans ingrates aren’t thankful enough for your wonderful charity, are we? So sorry! Your indignation at this post alone is proof positive that you don’t have a fucking clue what it’s like to live down here and to have your city forgotten, then misrepresented, smeared, insulted and utterly disrespected on national news ON THE ANNIVERSARY of the flooding. Again. Dan was mostly addressing the media in this post. Read it again. You coming down for a few hurricanes and gumbo in the Quarter every year doesn’t make you an expert on the goings-on in this city. Not to us; maybe to your upper middle class white northeastern neighbors who view you as “exotic” because you’ve “been there before” and you “have car magnets that say ‘New Orleans'” … it must be a hell of an ego boost to be the local expert on new orleans, even if you don’t know what the fuck you are talking about. I mean, you read this blog site, right? So you must know everything that is going on.
    It’s great that your husband came down to help out. It is appreciated. I can venture a guess why he chose to get away from PA for six months, but I won’t go there.
    If you want to know what is going on here, if you truly want to be able to inform your mildly curious neighbors about what life is like in New Orleans, come on down here and buy a house and see what life is like for a year. Just a year. Until then, Bonnie, keep your self-righetous “shame on you” posts to yourself. Can’t you see we’re trying to secede here? Don’t worry about us. We’re on our way out like Vermont. peace.


  4. Bonnie (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    I’m sorry if you misinterpreted what I said – I NEVER claimed to be an expert on anything – I was trying to show you that there are people in the rest of the country that care – and I never claimed to know what it’s like to live there full time or to lose everything – but other people are making sacrifices, no matter how small you think it may be, to help – ask my 3 and 5 yr old how much they’ve missed their daddy for 18 months (NOT 6)

    I wasn’t asking for anything from you – I THOUGHT I was showing that other people DO care


  5. Leigh (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

    Bonnie

    The people of New Orleans remain greatful to the many volunteers of the United States and the workd who have lended us a hand. I cannot walk by the walls of my house with out being greatful to a Baptist Youth Group from Richmond, VA. The frustrations of politics is evident. I remain grateful to the people of the United States and also the blessings of the Red Cross.

    And for the record…During this week, two years ago, while I slept in my car all night in MS in a gas line trying to get home, I am grateful for a good samiritan. Thank you so much to the preacher who had bought diapers and randomly drove around – finding people who needed them. This is what restores my faith in humanity.


  6. gunlino (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 9:05 pm

    Yeah,yeah,yeah,
    Call Mayor Ray-Ray get a few bucks from the several millions he and his buddies have slipped into their pockets from the over 100 billion the gov’t has put into the area.
    Cry me a river, life’s a bitch then you die!


  7. gunlino (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

    Yeah,yeah,yeah,
    Call Mayor Ray-Ray get a few bucks from the several millions he and his buddies have slipped into their pockets from the over 100 billion the gov’t has put into the area.
    Cry me a river, life’s a bitch then you die!


  8. Lil Sis (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 9:55 am

    The thing is I live in Illinois and if I did not personally educate myself on what is happening in New Orleans i would be right along with every other joe smith who only watches a two day special each year on New Orleans and even then the news is so biased its an outrage. Now I am not posting this to complain or yell at anyone else’s comments, it’s just I agree with this Post and those who take it personally really aren’t being realistic to the media propaganda.

    To be entirely honest if i did not have family in New Orleans and a personal interest in New Orleans I don’t know if i would have ever taken it upon myself to research because if you are not there and you only watch the news you would have absolutely no idea. So while people may care…most have no more knowledge than an anniversary news special and an special Oprah show can tell them, no offense to anyone.


  9. richard (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    KG:

    Some suggestions:

    1) Lay off the caffeine.

    2) Give people the benefit of the doubt (i.e. don’t assume they all suck).

    3) Read posts thoroughly before responding.

    4) Pick your battles accordingly.

    5) Show some gratitude.

    6) Think twice–nay, thrice–before venturing to speak on behalf of New Orleans again. Yo, seriously.


  10. DanF (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    Everyone in town is frankly blown away by the gratitude of everyday Americans. The hundreds of organizations that have come down and helped in a thousand different ways is humbling to say the least.

    I certainly did not mean to imply that the working people of this country have not helped, they have given those of us here the strength to keep fighting. We KNOW that a lot of everyday people care. We also KNOW that people in power don’t.


  11. Owen (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    KG,

    An adopted school, magnets on your car AND collecting canned goods for a school in St. Bernard? Damn, girl, we should all be on our knees, right? Why, we New Orleans ingrates aren’t thankful enough for your wonderful charity, are we? So sorry!

    You’re writing like an ungrateful, petulent brat. If people outside the city are trying to help out and keep awareness of the continuing stuggle of the rebuilding effort, they deserve our humble praise. Your attitude is exactly the kind of rhetoric that turns people against New Orleans.


  12. termite. (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    well said owen. thank you sir.


  13. John (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 2:30 pm

    If you ungratful, petulent, entitlement brats want to live below sea level, when you have been warned for decades that you would be flooded, you have every right to do so. But, you do not have a right to pretend like it is my fault nor my resposibility to bail you out when you do get flooded.

    You and your choosen leadership chose to divert funds for the levies for decades and now you want to blame Bush for your choices. You choose to elect Naigin to continue your pitiful rebuilding efforts and blame Bush and FEMA when your so called rebuilding czar is lecturing in Austrailia while you are suffering.

    NOLA, I have made three mission trips to you over the last 19 months and there was not one person on the bus coming home in May that intends to go back or donate another thing. We all had our own horror story but we came to the same conclusion. It is going to take far more than new houses to begin to fix what is wrong with your city.


  14. John (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 2:30 pm

    If you ungratful, petulent, entitlement brats want to live below sea level, when you have been warned for decades that you would be flooded, you have every right to do so. But, you do not have a right to pretend like it is my fault nor my resposibility to bail you out when you do get flooded.

    You and your choosen leadership chose to divert funds for the levies for decades and now you want to blame Bush for your choices. You choose to elect Naigin to continue your pitiful rebuilding efforts and blame Bush and FEMA when your so called rebuilding czar is lecturing in Austrailia while you are suffering.

    NOLA, I have made three mission trips to you over the last 19 months and there was not one person on the bus coming home in May that intends to go back or donate another thing. We all had our own horror story but we came to the same conclusion. It is going to take far more than new houses to begin to fix what is wrong with your city.


  15. k (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

    It is sad people have to post comments like that but surely he feels high and mighty right now.

    isn’t it a shame that the mouthy comments which are meant to do nothing but hurt people and make the one commenting feel important always double post? such a shame. I feel so sorry for people like that


  16. DanF (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    John, thanks for your three trips down. We’re sorry you feel the way you do but so be it. Again, thank you for the help but we really don’t expect to see ya anymore so peace out.


  17. Frenchie (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    John, enlighten us ungrateful, petulent, entitlement brats on where you live? Idaho? Nice Senator u got there. Minnesota? Cool Bridges too. Atlanta? Nice quarterback on your team.

    Please share how wonderful your city works. Im sure ther is no corruption or crime or poverty where you live, just like the rest of America


  18. Lil Sis (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

    Sorry you feel that way john.

    i guess the nagging question in my mind though is if you feel that strongly ‘Why keep up with the blog?’ also ‘How was that comment relevant to the original post?’ by asking those questions i am in no way actually wanting a response.

    again, sorry that is how you feel.



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