Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Opinion: Viewpoints

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Opinion: Viewpoints: "Donna Brazile: In tragedy, Bush unites a divided country"

New Orleans is my hometown. It is the place where I grew up, where my family still lives. For me, it is a place of comfort and memories. It is home.

Now my home needs your help and the help of every American. Much of my city is still underwater. Its historical buildings have been wrecked, its famous streets turned to rivers, and, worst of all, so many of its wonderful people – including members of my family and my neighbors – have lost everything.

On Thursday night, President Bush spoke to the nation from my city. I am not a Republican. I did not vote for Mr. Bush – in fact, I worked pretty hard against him in 2000 and 2004. But on Thursday, after watching him speak from the heart, I could not have been prouder of the president and the plan he outlined to empower those who lost everything and to rebuild the Gulf Coast.

He called on every American to stand up and support the rebuilding of the region. He told us that New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast would rise from the ruins stronger than before. He enunciated something that we all need to remember: This is America. We are not immune to tragedy here, but we are strong because of our industriousness, our ingenuity and, most important, because of our compassion for one another. We are a nation of rebuilders and givers. We do not give up in the face of tragedy; we stand up, and we reach out to help those who cannot stand up on their own.

I agree with Donna. If Bush keeps his word. I have doubts.


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