I thought it a bit embarrassing when the King of Jordan toured New Orleans in February and had a better handle on things than our own King. At the time I did a compare and contrast…
King of Jordan– recognized Katrina’a impact immediately
King of America–never thought levees would break even when his Palace had been told they would.
King of Jordan–glued to TV
King of America–got the DVD 5 days later
King of Jordan–Visited the 9th Ward
King of America–Bypasses unwashed to meet with landed gentry
King of Jordan–asks why is this place still such a mess
King of America–says progress is “pretty dramatic”
And in May when the nation of Qatar announced it would give $6o million in aid to Katrina relief well that was embarrassing too.
Now there is this headline at WWL…”Tsunami relief workers shocked by 9th Ward tour, say they expected more signs of recovery”
From the story…
Two leaders of the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights who have spent the last 18-months helping victims of last year’s Tsunami took a walk through the Lower Ninth Ward Friday.
Their reaction was one of shock, because they said they expected to see more signs of recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
“We think of America as being this fabulous, powerful superpower, and it’s exactly like Third World situations,” said Tom Kerr.
“In my personal opinion, I think you should have done much, much faster. It should be much better than what I have seen today,” said Samsook Boonyabancha.
“The fact that the relief and the support for people who live here is so minimal even though there is so much money in this country, it’s really shocking,” said Kerr.
Again embarrassing or ought to be.