From the Times Picayune
You know it’s bad when country music stars turn on the President. But that’s exactly what happened yesterday when Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, both natives of the Gulf Coast, met with reporters to talk about their upcoming tour, but ended up venting their frustration with the cleanup efforts along the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The above paragraph links to this story…..
When asked by reporters during Wednesday’s round table about the government’s slow progress, Hill, 38, said, “It’s wrong. It’s embarrassing. It really gets us fired up. That’s our homeland.”
McGraw blamed state and federal politics for hampering efforts to get adequate shelter, food and supplies to victims.
The 38-year-old country singer also criticized President Bush, who visited the devastated Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans on Wednesday.
“There’s no reason why someone can’t go down there — who’s supposed to be the leader of the free world — and say, `I’m giving you a job to do and I’m not leaving here until it’s done. And you’re held accountable,'” he said.
Later in the news conference, McGraw let out a stream of frustration, growling, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.”
The couple were married in 1996.
When asked what their fans could do to help, McGraw said: “Vote.”
Hill and McGraw are absolutlely correct. There is no plan or vision for NOLA or the Gulf Coast. I can not understand why this is not a major issue in the media or blogosphere.