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Katrina Videos

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Katrina hurricane but more importantly it is the one-year anniversary of the week our government and President  completely and profoundly failed our nation in general and the citizens of the Gulf Coast in particular in their most basic mandate to protect their own citizens.

Whenever I think of the government’s failure to respond to the aftermath of the devastation of Katrina, I’m filled with sadness and righteous rage. As far as I’m concerned, any criticism of Bush and his administration over their abysmal failure, even a year removed, is entirely earned. Here, then, are some Katrina videos to refresh your memory.

This is raw footage of the of the actual storm (from at ):

This is an AP report on Administration briefings from then FEMA-chief warning President Bush about the potential devastation Katrina could wreak. It demonstrates, contrary to President Bush’s statements, that the government was fully aware of the potential for disaster (from robport at YouTube):

Adding insult to deadly injury, President Bush’s own mother, former First "Lady" , claimed that, after all, it wasn’t all that bad for the Katrina survivors. They were making out pretty well for themselves, in fact, :

“What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is that they all want to
stay in Texas. Everybody is so overhwlemed by the hospitality. And so
many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged
anyway so this—this is working very well for them.”

No wonder then, with Bush’s mother insulting survivors, and the administration seemingly ignoring for five days the desperate citizens of New Orleans, that many black Americans feel, as so deftly put it, that "George Bush doesn’t care about black people." From joedetroit at YouTube:

This music video mashup from filmmakerdotcom at YouTube includes a lot of the media coverage at the time:

HBO is currently running an excellent documentary on Katrina by called . If you get a chance, it is well worth a watch. The documentary artfully plays off New Orleans musical heritage by including songs such as by and (yes, ).

If you can’t watch it, there are several online. This sixteen minute documentary called "When The Levees Broke," covers the city four months after the storms and is told through words and music:

At Google Video, it says this one was uploaded by the US Air Force. The quotes are a little self-serving, but it does have some video clips of a devastated New Orleans:

Katrina Plus 10 Months (from virtualmatter at YouTube:)