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Old 09-20-2005, 08:00 AM   #1
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Donna Brazile-"Proud of Bush"

Donna Brazile, a Democratic political consultant, managed Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. She wrote this for the Washington Post.

A leader with heart and a good plan I could not have been prouder of Bush and his plan to empower those who lost everything.
Donna Brazile
September 20, 2005 BRAZILE0920

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 own 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 George W. Bush -- in fact, I worked pretty hard against him in 2000 and 2004. But on Thursday night, 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.

Bush 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 a nation of 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.

The president called on every American to reach out to my neighbors in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast. The great people of this country have already opened their hearts in the immediate aftermath of the storm, and their tremendous generosity has done more than just provide extra comfort -- it has saved lives. Now the crisis of survival is over. But the task of rebuilding remains, and the president made it clear that every single one of us has a role to play.

Each of us belongs to some group -- a church, a union or a fraternal organization, or even a book club -- that can make a difference. It is those groups that can pool resources and then reach out to their counterparts in the stricken states and ask, "What can we do?" Schools, Girl Scout troops, Rotary clubs -- this is the time for every community group to step forward to lend a helping hand. We need it.

The president also laid out the federal government's goal for rebuilding. It is unprecedented in its scope and ambition, matching destruction that is unprecedented as well. He made the challenge clear: This will be one of the biggest reconstruction projects in history. But he also made it clear that we can and will do this. New Orleans, Biloxi, all of the Gulf Coast will rise again. And the residents are ready to pitch in and do their part.

I know, maybe better than anyone, that there are times when it seems that our nation is too divided ever to heal. There are times when we feel so different from each other that we can hardly believe that we are all part of the same family. But we are one nation. We are a family. And this is what we do. When the president asked us to pitch in Thursday night, he wasn't really asking us to do anything spectacular. He was asking us to be Americans, and to do what Americans always do.

The president has set a national goal and defined a national purpose. This is something I believe with all my heart: When we are united, nothing can stop us. We will not waver, we will not tire, and we will not stop until the streets are clean, every last brick has been replaced and every last family has its home back.

Bush talked about how we bury our family and friends. We grieve and mourn. We march to a solemn song and then we rejoice and step out and form the second line. That line is now open to every American to join us in rebuilding a great region of this country. New Orleans will rise again. My hometown is down but not out, and with the help of every American, it will be back on its feet, bigger and brighter than ever.

Mr. President, I am ready for duty. I am ready to stir those old pots again. Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work.

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Old 09-20-2005, 08:51 AM   #2
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That's wonderful, it is important that we come together to work on this

I just hope that all of that will come to pass for the hurricane survivors. Talk is very cheap in their minds I would imagine. I am so afraid they will be forgotten and we will move on to "other matters". The attention span of this country and some people in it seems to be very short indeed. I hope we have learned very valuable lessons from this too that we will actually put into practice.

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I agree, New Orleans needs the help of everyone, not just every liberal or every Democrat or every Republican.
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I agree with both of you.

I think there is a great oppertunity here. But if can be greatly good or greatly bad, so we've got to handle it with care.....
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This is part of human nature - our differences tend to disappear when we find a common enemy (like a hurricane).

I wish it would happen more often, and not wait for the common enemy.
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Originally posted by nbcrusader

I wish it would happen more often, and not wait for the common enemy.
there are plenty of other common enemies day in and day out we could rally against but fail to care or take action.
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Wow. I wonder what they paid her. Wonder how Bush persuaded her. Amazing isn't it....Too bad for Bush that so few Americans read newspapers. If she siad this on TV it wiuld be different.

Ps Dreadsox if you read this, check yr email.

Hosannas for Bush....too suspious.
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I've pretty much had it with speeches. I'm not going to applaud anything until I actually see something done.
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