Barbara Bush - the blacks are better off thanks to Katrina.

7 September 2005


From Ryan Parry in New Orleans

BUNGLING Barbara Bush yesterday claimed poverty-stricken refugees who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina are actually better off thanks to the devastating floods.

The 80-year-old former first lady piled more pressure on her under fire son George's administration by declaring that the victims are so happy in their makeshift camps they would rather stay than go back to their impoverished communities.

BUTTON IT: Barbara Bush

Her gaffe came after a visit with husband George Snr to the Astrodome stadium in Houston, Texas, where thousands of evacuees from New Orleans and other affected areas are being housed.

Barbara chuckled as she said: "So many of the people here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.

"What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. Almost everyone I've talked to says: 'We're going to move to Houston'."

Many of the refugees are anxiously waiting for news of missing loved ones. Their homes have been destroyed and families shattered by the hurricane that hit southern America last week.

Barbara's comments come as celebrities lined up to criticise George Bush over delays in responding to the crisis.

As the hunt for the thousands of people still missing intensified yesterday, James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, 52, said: "This man called President Bush has a lot to answer for. I don't know if he is really taking care of America. This government has been shameful."

Actor Colin Farrell added: "If this had been a bunch of white people on the roofs of their houses I don't have any f***ing doubt there would have been every single helicopter, plane and means that the government has trying to help."

The 29-year-old Irishman spoke out after being auctioned off on a £6,000 charity date.

Other stars rolled up their sleeves and got on with the job of helping stricken communities themselves rather than waiting for politicians to sort out the mess.

Actor Sean Penn spent nine hours pulling bodies out of the putrid waters in New Orleans.

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He said: "It's the ultimate distress and human suffering.

"Though we have come to be suspicious of the will of our administration, I don't think anybody ever anticipated the criminal negligence of the Bush administration in this situation."

Penn had to abandon his mission when his boat sprung a leak. He bailed out using a plastic cup.

Grease star John Travolta delivered five tonnes of food and 400 tetanus shots to Louisiana on his private jet. He visited shelters across the region and spoke to victims before touring New Orleans with actress wife Kelly Preston.

Singer Paul Simon donated two mobile medical units and Barry Manilow announced his fund had raised £81,000 in aid.

Macy Gray and Oprah Winfrey visited the devastated region. Chat queen Oprah also handed out food at the Astrodome.

Author John Grisham has given £2.7million to the relief effort in his home state of Mississippi. Rappers P Diddy and Jay-Z pledged £550,000 to help the thousands of homeless.

Several concerts are being staged including an MTV benefit gig called ReAct Now: Music & Relief on Saturday. The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Kanye West, Sheryl Crow and Paul McCartney are due to play.

Up to 10,000 are believed killed by Katrina. By last night the floodwaters had dropped substantially and rescuers braced themselves for what horrors the receding deluge would reveal.

Dozens of refrigerated trucks were on standby to store bodies.

Draining the remaining water is likely to take weeks and with so many people decomposing the risk of disease worsens by the day.

In Violet on the Mississippi, 22 bodies were found lashed together around a pole - evidence of a bid to escape the rising waters.

New Orleans police estimated there were fewer than 10,000 people left in the city. Many refuse to leave their homes. The authorities have now refused to hand out water to those who insist on staying.

But officials said the lawlessness that plagued New Orleans has been brought under control.

Mr Bush yesterday pledged to lead a probe into the government's dismally slow relief effort. He said: "We've got to solve problems."


No one ever anticipated the criminal negligence of the Bush administration in the situation


This man called Bush has a lot to answer for.. I don't know if he's taking care of the US


If they'd been white people, the government would have used every means in trying to help these people
It's difficult to imagine the reasoning of someone who could make that kind of statement. Guess it explains some of George's apparent moral defects.
It shows how out of touch with common reality these NeoCons are. Next we will be hearing that God did it to help these people with their lives (Wheres Pat Robertson when you need him).

Its sad that these words were actually spoken. Only a truly ignorant person would say a disaster was helpful.
Ocean Breeze
Quote: Originally Posted by JomZ

It shows how out of touch with common reality these NeoCons are. Next we will be hearing that God did it to help these people with their lives (Wheres Pat Robertson when you need him).

Its sad that these words were actually spoken. Only a truly ignorant person would say a disaster was helpful.

These words say a lot more than the "words" themselves. They convey the prevailing attitude of the neo fascists, the selfish cruelty of these "people" has no limit. They can "explain" or justify just about anything in their sick minds. the sickness that excessive greed, money and power can render.
Jo Canadian
"Let them Eat Cake" ring a bell??

GL Schmitt
Quote: Originally Posted by JomZ

. . . Next we will be hearing that God did it to help these people with their lives . . .


You didn’t really think you would have to wait, did you?

According to the Repent America (external - login to view) press release of August 31, 2005, Hurricane Katrina is the fault of Southern Decadence filling New Orleans with queers, and Mardi Gras enticing all those young women to show their fun bags.

What research brought them to that conclusion is not precisely stated, but judging only from the tone of the pronouncement, it would appear that their conclusions are based upon theoretical rather than empirical knowledge.
Well I'll be.... The God Machine never stops for the ignorant.
Ocean Breeze
Babs is one callous, cold, arrogant snob........../or/ a touch senile (losing her mental/verbal skills ) due to her age....

nah..........going with the first one..

would "guess" that this pompous ***......(along with most of her ilk) is not even aware of how insensitive she is. living in the "rich world's bubble" can do that to what used to be humanoids....(where/when compassion mattered)
She is a racist bitch. Her husband is a religious nutjob and that explains why "W" is so mentally ill.

"No, I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God." ~George W.H. Bush as Presidential Nominee for the Republican party. Aug 27,1987
Re: The Bush Family. The current President isn't half the man his father is.
Oh Barbara, stop helping.

Good grief.
Steve French
Thank goodness the U.S. "liberated" all those blacks from the lowly life they had in Africa too, eh Barbara?

Typical attitude of the fat and useless ruling class who constitute the true parasites of the world.

In other news : "A Louisiana state senator has praised a Canadian search and rescue team. Senator Walter Boasso said a Vancouver-based team reached St. Bernard parish five days before the U.S. army got there.

"Fabulous, fabulous guys," Boasso said. "They started rolling with us and got in boats to save people ... We've got Canadian flags flying everywhere."
Jo Canadian
Jo Canadian
In German we have a saying
"Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm"
The apple doesn't fall off far from the stem

Unfortunately it won't translate very well, but I guess you know what I mean... (an equal English saying is "He's a chip off the old block")

Oh man, these Bush people drive me crazy...

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