Open Letter to President Bush

(NOTE TO LES:  This was posted on my site earlier this week, so it may be a little outdated (National Guard stuff was prior for example).  If you post this, I’d appreciate it, but understand if you don’t want to.)

Dear President Bush,

As I write this, thousands upon thousands of your fellow Americans are suffering through one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit these United States of America.

I would like to paraphrase my friend Gene and say that I wish I could be proud of your actions.  I really really do.  But I can’t.

Where were you when you first heard that Katrina was going to hit our shores in the Gulf of Mexico?  Were you at your ranch fishing napping and ignoring a bereaved mother of a dead soldier?

Where were you when you heard of the devistation that Katrina had wrought?  Were you in San Diego shmoozing with your millionaire/billionaire buddies asking for more money?

Where were you when the mayor of New Orleans was begging for help for his city?  Were you flying over the city in Air Force One looking out the window?

I’m not that old, Mr. President, but I remember when the United States of America would have been the first country in the world to assist another country if/when a natural disaster struck.  Where were you when the tsunami struck last year?  Where were the billions of dollars that we could have easily given to those disaster-stricken people when they needed the assistance?  Why did you wait so long to offer monitary aid, only to offer so little you (and the rest of America by proxy) were ridiculed into upping the aid to save what little face you (and we, your fellow Americans) have in the international community?

Where are the National Guard soldiers that could have been sent to New Orleans and other hurricane destroyed areas?  Were they perhaps in Iraq?  Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought the whole idea of the NAtional Guard was for them to be, oh I don’t know, guarding the nation.

Why are you staging press junkets standing in front of Coast Guard helicoptors and crew when those very same people and choppers could have been assisting Katrina’s victims?

Mr President, I’m not mad at you, I’m disappointed with you.  I want so hard to be proud of you and this country.  While I’m more left-leaning than right, I want to have pride in my country and the people who were elected to represent us in our government.

I want to be a proud American, Mr President, please do what you can to restore my ever waning faith in my country.

God bless you, Mr President, and God bless America.

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