Vacation is Over… an open letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush

I got nothing to add:

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It’s Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren’t there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn’t want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don’t like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don’t let people criticize you for this — after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?

And don’t listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers‘ budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn’t cut the money to fix those levees, there weren’t going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them — BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn’t stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It’s not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C’mon, they’re black! I mean, it’s not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don’t make me laugh! Race has nothing — NOTHING — to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.

Yours,

Michael Moore

MMFlint@aol.comwww.MichaelMoore.com

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can
catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.

Half of USA is a disaster Area

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By looking a bit deeper to the activities of the FEMA I came across their website on which startpage they have a map to show where have been disasters throughout the year – nearly half of the states is covered „yellow“ in this map. FEMA gets criticsm because they finance the rebuilding of houses which have been blown/slipped away in high risk areas. In germany we have managed this through higher insurrance rates in high risk areas.

Things are not right in NO

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behind the scenes Flickr is the best tool I know for. People are getting into discussions about the photos and they are debating. I just got to know, that Clinton after the Hurrican Andrew in 1992 reformed the FEMA, which is the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the states, in a way, that he was able to declare a land

scape as a „desaster area“ even before a hurrican really made landfall. This reform was *SO* important because of the declaration as a „disaster area“ enabled emergency funds to help people to evacuate or to better protect themselves – one major problem of Katrina /was/is that the poor weren´t able to buy gas, weren´t able to evacuate: their bodies are now lying in the sea. The Bush administration set the reforms back before the Clinton reform – they didn´t even gave instructions to where to evacuate: to moon, to mars? No joking here, but: such pictures make me sick when you know, more people could have been safed. Damn!