These are four days of world and national newspapers from three years ago in the aftermath of Katrina, the hurricane that threatened and then destroyed much of the Gulf Coast and flooded New Orleans.
But, in the end, it was not the hurricane that was the story. It was the unrelenting view of the incompetence of all levels of government and the racial and class divisions that pre-existed before the storm.
I remember watching this event unfold on TV and saying, “Is this the United States of America?”
Mayor Nagin (re-elected) signed the mandatory evacuation order. President Bush visited FEMA headquarters.
Where is the only competent human being I remember from Katrina? General Russell Honore?
He’s retired and a talking head consultant for CNN.
©Pat Coakley 2008