Saturday, September 10, 2005

Al Gore is my President

The DailyKos has recently surpassed the daily site traffic of the top fifty conservative blogs combined. During the height of the New Orleans disaster the site received upwards of 900,000 hits a day. There are many great writers who post here, in fact when Markos (the site founder) was off writing a book recently, he was hardly missed (no offense to Markos).

One such writer is "Joan Reports" and today she pointed something out that I had read days ago and have been pondering since. Al Gore really is my President. His humble and personal reponse to the disaster reminded me that not all people of presidential character are corrupt. In fact, some are endowed with the ability to inspire, as this man has done for me.

Read joan reports diary in full and the great comments. I have just given you an intro.

AP reports it: Gore airlifted 270 patients and residents Saturday/Sunday

by joan reports

Fri Sep 9th, 2005 at 22:54:59 PDT

The first VP to land in New Orleans was Al Gore, who chartered a rescue plane to medEvac Charity Hospital patients to Tennessee. Gore declined interviews last weekend while he was shuttling the evacuees, but the doctors who flew with him talked about the experience.

Gore had to work around sequential blockade by FEMA and NDMS – which naturally denied his team permissions, repeatedly (after the flip).

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(AP) - Al Gore helped airlift some 270 Katrina evacuees on two private charters from New Orleans, acting at the urging of a doctor who saved the life of the former vice president's son.

... [Gore] refused to be interviewed about the mercy missions he financed and flew last Saturday and Sunday. . . .

On [Thurs] Sept. 1, three days after Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, Simon learned that Dr. David Kline ... was stranded with patients at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

"The situation was dire and becoming worse by the minute - food and water running out, no power, 4 feet of water surrounding the hospital and ... corpses outside," Simon wrote.

Gore responded immediately . . .


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