As our President made a pit stop in New Orleans, passing Mississippi and Alabama. He bypassed New Orleans need, for an open heart. He either missed, or ignorned, an opportunity to remind the Nation, of what are still the needs, of those who have suffered gravely, from the floods of natural disasters. He chose to take a photo-op with those same folks, who are still living with open wounds, that no Obama smile, can heal.
It seems our President placed more importance on getting to San Franciso, to raise money for some more self-serving politicians, than on seeking to heal hearts of those still bleeding in America. He had the best opportunity yesterday, to bring attention to New Orleans . To highlight what has been done, and what yet needs doing. To call for help to the Nations Heart, for those who truly suffered the annilhilation of its Citys.
He did take time to answer some questions. I found however, he didnt take his trip there seriously. For when an audieance member asked what I thought was a heartfelt question, our Pres quipped, rather than to take the mans question, to heart.
The Pres response can be seen as nothing more, than disingenuous. And in that moment, he made me rethink his heart?
The questioner asked why, Fema short changed the amount needed to replace New Orleans hospital? He wasnt asking anything for himself, he was asking a question, in support of his community. Something a one time community organizer, I believe, would have made this issue, an extreme priority!
Our President instead responded first by reminding those present, that our former President didnt do enough. And after saying that, he continued to ignore what he could be doing for them, NOW! He quipped, "if only, he could just write a check".... when someone in the audience replied, "why cant you?" Our compassionate President than said.. well its Unconstitutional and Congress has to approve...in other words... He cloaked his answer in the truth. Only it's the same truth, that wasnt accepted by many in his party who were angered, when it was coming from the Bush Admin.
It wasnt accepted then, and it really shouldnt be accepted now. Even though, the Federal Government isnt allowed to by- pass State Government. Bush got blamed for what Naggin and Gov. Blanco didnt do. Thats how it is, we always blame the guy at the top. So what exactly has changed here! What has changed was, the President. And what we expect from this President. The rules are still the same, but I expected more from his heart, than came out of his mouth.
We all know, that the Feds cant interfere with the States even in a crisis. However, the man who questioned our President regarding FEMA, wasn't about crossing State lines.. But what has changed when it comes to FEMA's always underestimating rebuikling costs? And what can the President do? The man wasnt asking for a check, as much as he was seeking our Presidents sense of humanity. He was asking our President for his heart, and instead, he got a flippant political reply.
What bothered me was, why didnt he take that mans question seriously? Why doesnt any politician take those who are truly seeking answers, seriously?
Why is it that they only take seriously, those whose money talks, while those in troubled times, are told to walk. Why do they all tell us, they feel our pain, when the only thing they feel, is their face being warmed in the lime-light? They speak the words of the little guy; as they fly away, collecting thousands, and making promises, to those who pay to keep them in power.
Where was our President's community organizer, heart? Why didnt he say, "I will make sure you will get what you need? " Why didnt he give that City, Hope?
Why did he ignore not only that mans question, but his opportunity to call for help, to New Orleans? Could it be, his head was focused more on San Franciso's fund raising, than on New Orleans needs?
I have been hoping this President was different, I have found, he is just more of the same. In fact, he is even worse, for he claimed he would be more!.
Bring us together in an unbiased way. He offered us what we all longed for. Or maybe is wasnt everyones plan. Maybe it was just a smokescreen after all? Or maybe... transparentcy is showing us, just how politics trumps all!
I expected a man of meaning, a man of substance. What I believe we got, was just more of the same. Someone who does a fly-by- photo-op, who believes just by his presence, he will make things better. I thought only those on the "right", were into photo-ops, and drive-bys? I thought only those on the "right" would be more concerned with fund raising, than raising a hospital, where there isnt one. I would have expected that more from the political right. I would never have expected such a disengenrous response, from a community man. I also never thought he would forget his roots, so easily?
New Orleans has been forgotten. New Orleans is not alone. So many communitys are still suffering from Mother Natures wrath, as well as FEMA's lack of proper funding .
As our President spends trillions, with abandon. FEMA, who always underestimates rebuilding costs, leaves many feeling abandoned. Folks who suffered from Natural disasters, still are suffering from FEMA's lack. Folks who didnt re-mortage thier homes, to buy more stuff. But who are still borrowing money from SBA, just to get their homes back in order. We, like all the other States who suffered from 100 year floods, didnt make millions in Wall St. We didnt get a bail out. All we sought was to make us whole, before you gave others bonuses. We didnt ask for free-bees, all we asked was for government to help us replace, what we had lost. And we were ready to pay for it, through small business loans... We still seem not to be heared. We still seek to replace our homes, or rebuild our hospitals. As trillions are being thrown to places unknown.
We were not folks who made 75.00 an hour, in union wages. with Caddilac benefit plans. Who got more from the Government, that many believed they deserved. We just asked our Government to give us enough to restore what we had, without having to work three jobs, or bankrupt ourselves to do so. We still pay for our own heathcare, and many of us never had a 401K. All we asked the President was...where do we go now. for help? What we didnt need, is to not be taken seriously.
I certainly don't believe, life is fair. I know it is not. I certainly dont believe government is completely right minded, either. Lately, I believe more and more, they are not. More and more, I believe they are only interested in supporting those who further their own personal agendas. More and more, I see a fund raising is more important than a hospital that needs raising. As our President claims his admin's transparency.... in some respects, it seems he is right.
In a time where our Presidents heart was most needed, it was more than transparent, his heart is a political one.