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#1 emsparks

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 08:31 PM

I would have liked him to acknowledge the dead, with a statement of national grieving.
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 09:10 PM

He was probably more concerned with the living.
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 09:12 PM

The truth is that all the nice speeches in the world don't mean a thing if action on the promises made doesn't follow...

And all too often it doesn't

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 09:38 PM

emsparks, on Sep 16 2005, 01:31 AM, said:

I would have liked him to acknowledge the dead, with a statement of national grieving.

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National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina

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The White House - Office of the Press Secretary
09/08/2005

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in our Nation's history and has caused unimaginable devastation and heartbreak throughout the Gulf Coast Region. A vast coastline of towns and communities has been decimated. Many lives have been lost, and hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans are suffering great hardship. To honor the memory of those who lost their lives, to provide comfort and strength to the families of the victims, and to help ease the burden of the survivors, I call upon all Americans to pray to Almighty God and to perform acts of service.

As we observe a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina, we pledge our support for those who have been injured and for the communities that are struggling to rebuild. We offer thanks to God for the goodness and generosity of so many Americans who have come together to provide relief and bring hope to fellow citizens in need. Our Nation is united in compassion for the victims and in resolve to overcome the tremendous loss that has come to America. We will strive together in this effort, and we will prevail through perseverance and prayer.

Americans are reaching out to those who suffer by opening their hearts, homes, and communities. Their actions demonstrate the greatest compassion one person may show to another: to love your neighbor as yourself. Across our Nation, so many selfless deeds reflect the promise of the Scripture: "For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in." I encourage all Americans to respond with acts of kindness in the days ahead. By contributing time, money, or needed goods to a relief organization and by praying for the survivors and those in recovery efforts, we can make a tremendous difference in the lives of those in need.

Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath resulted in a considerable loss of life. We pray that God will bless the souls of the lost, and that He will comfort their families and friends and all lives touched by this disaster. As the American people unite to help those who are hurting, we share a determination to stand by those affected by Hurricane Katrina in the months and years ahead as they rebuild their lives and reclaim their future. We are determined that the Gulf Coast region will rise again. The tasks before us are enormous, and so is the heart of America. We will continue to comfort and care for the survivors. We will once again show the world that the worst adversities bring out the best in the American people.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 16, 2005, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina. I ask that the people of the United States and places of worship mark this National Day of Prayer and Remembrance with memorial services and other appropriate observances. I also encourage all Americans to remember those who have suffered in the disaster by offering prayers and giving their hearts and homes for those who now, more than ever, need our compassion and our support.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.

GEORGE W. BUSH


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Posted 15 September 2005 - 09:52 PM

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Yes I know about this, however the speech in New Orleans, was suppose to be about national healing. So I reiterate “I would have liked him to acknowledge the dead, with a statement of national grieving.” The proclamation was appropriate, however a personal statement of grief is also appropriate when you enter the home of the bereft, as President Bush did when he stood in Jackson square.
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 09:56 PM

I missed part of the speech and I haven't been able to locate a transcript yet.  Are you sure he didn't say something again?  I did hear him say something about retrieving the dead and treating them with dignity.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 10:12 PM

eloisel, on Sep 15 2005, 10:56 PM, said:

I missed part of the speech and I haven't been able to locate a transcript yet.  Are you sure he didn't say something again?  I did hear him say something about retrieving the dead and treating them with dignity.

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Yes he said that, but that is not the same as simply saying "We feel your pain" Not even close.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 10:35 PM

emsparks, on Sep 15 2005, 10:12 PM, said:

eloisel, on Sep 15 2005, 10:56 PM, said:

I missed part of the speech and I haven't been able to locate a transcript yet.  Are you sure he didn't say something again?  I did hear him say something about retrieving the dead and treating them with dignity.

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Yes he said that, but that is not the same as simply saying "We feel your pain" Not even close.

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Let's leave that to Clinton.  I'd rather the man stand up and tell us what will happen rather than try to empathize with those who've suffered.  He can't.

The man outlined the beginnings of a huge effort to rebuild NO, told what money is coming down the pipe to help those who need it most, and all you can say is "he didn't acknowledge the dead?"

That's nitpicking, pure and simple.

As I said before, and I truly respect this, he's more concerned with the living.  I particularly liked this part:

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The president also sought to address concerns of the black community, hit particularly hard in Louisiana.

"As all of us saw on television, there is also some deep, persistent poverty in this region as well," he said. "And that poverty has roots in a history of racial discrimination, which cut off generations from the opportunity of America.

"We have a duty to confront this poverty with bold action. So let us restore all that we have cherished from yesterday, and let us rise above the legacy of inequality."

Bush said the reconstruction effort will be one of the largest ever and the government "will stay as long as it takes."

He unveiled plans for a Urban Homesteading Act, which would make some federal property free to some poor families through a lottery system.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 10:37 PM

emsparks, on Sep 16 2005, 03:12 AM, said:

eloisel, on Sep 15 2005, 10:56 PM, said:

I missed part of the speech and I haven't been able to locate a transcript yet.  Are you sure he didn't say something again?  I did hear him say something about retrieving the dead and treating them with dignity.

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Yes he said that, but that is not the same as simply saying "We feel your pain" Not even close.

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What was he suppose to say?
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 10:55 PM

from CU's link which has embedded a link to a transcript of the President's speech:

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Tonight so many victims of the hurricane and the flood are far from home and friends and familiar things. You need to know that our whole nation cares about you, and in the journey ahead you are not alone. To all who carry a burden of loss, I extend the deepest sympathy of our country.


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Posted 15 September 2005 - 11:11 PM

Well that is what you and I would consider to be sufficent. but his critics who cannot find anything he says to ever be correct have said they want more andI would like to know what they consider more.

Or is this "Differently" all over again and just as unexplained.
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 11:21 PM

All I know is when I'm grieving over the loss of a loved one, words don't do it for me.  Acts don't do it either.  As of yet, there is nothing anyone can do to return my loved one to me and that is what I would need to make it better at the time I'm grieving.  Time helps, but it is not the same.  It was one year ago yesterday my sister died.  I still miss the hell out of her and she and I hated each other like only sisters can.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 11:24 PM

eloisel, on Sep 15 2005, 10:55 PM, said:

from CU's link which has embedded a link to a transcript of the President's speech:

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Tonight so many victims of the hurricane and the flood are far from home and friends and familiar things. You need to know that our whole nation cares about you, and in the journey ahead you are not alone. To all who carry a burden of loss, I extend the deepest sympathy of our country.

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I didn't see that.  Thanks for catching it. :)
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 11:51 PM

I want to know what will be cut to come up with the $60 billion Congress has approved for the rebuilding....

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 11:53 PM

RichieTyrant, on Sep 15 2005, 11:51 PM, said:

I want to know what will be cut to come up with the $60 billion Congress has approved for the rebuilding....

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Perhaps he can rob social security.  It helped Clinton "balance the budget" and assure his place in history...surely we can use some of it for concrete purposes.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 12:05 AM

Surely some of the Aid other countries have sent will offset the costs.  I don't know who all or how much, but I heard Kuwati pledged $500 million.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 12:09 AM

I'm sure it will, but as those pledges are for the relief effort, Bush would not have to ask for, nor would Congress need to approve, its use as such...the act of his asking for the funds suggests it is coming from our own coffers, not from outside sources...

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 12:15 AM

Well, that is true too.

Here is a question.  A lot of gasoline was also sent over.  Do you know how that is going to be used/distributed?

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 12:20 AM

Very nice speech. A little too Christian for me, but it's actually a lot more dignified and respectful then I thought it would be.

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NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 16, 2005, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina.

I especially liked this part.  :)

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 12:45 AM

^That wasn't actually IN the speech... ;)



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