The Background: In comparing the 9-11 attacks on New York to Hurricane Katrina's direct hit on New Orleans, Senator Barack Obama adopted a different dialect and preached to the choir.
I want to give you one example because this really steams me up. This isnít in the prepared remarks. It, down in New Orleans, where they still have not rebuilt 20 months later, there is a law, federal law when you get, uh, reconstruction money from the federal government, called the Stafford Act. And basically, it says, when you get federal money, you gotta give a 10 percent match, the local governmentís got to come up with 10 percent. Every $10 the federal government comes up with, the local governmentís got to give a dollar. Now, hereís the thing. When 9/11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act, said, this is too serious a problem. We canít expect New York City to rebuild on its own. Forget that dollar you have to put in. Well, hereís $10. And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, look at this devastation! We donít expect to you come up with your own money here! Hereís the money to rebuild. We are not going to wait for to you scratch it together because you are part of the American family. Whatís happening down in New Orleans? Whereís your dollar? Whereís your Stafford Act money? Makes no sense. Tells me the bullet hasnít been taken out. Tells me that somehow the people down in New Orleans, they donít care about as much.