Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Grandma Bush Mocks Poor

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush made a very snobbish and insensitive comment last night on NPR's show Marketplace:
What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.
After the devastating disaster of Hurrican Katrina on the New Orleans area, I would have thought some degree of humility and compassion would accompany her visit to Houston's Astrodome. The few important things that an impoverished person lost in this disaster are just an important as that lost by the rich. Perhaps more so, since its value is higher for those with little and harder to replace than for those well-off. Surely, empathy for those who have lost everything, especially those who had so little, would overwhelm any petty class or racial prejudices.

Obviously not.


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