Gore gave another underwhelming speech this weekend. A couple of interesting things to note about the speech.
“When the corpses of American citizens are floating in toxic flood waters five days after a hurricane struck, it is time not only to respond directly to the victims of the catastrophe, but to hold … the leaders of our nation accountable,” Gore told environmentalists at the Sierra Club’s national convention.
He’s right. Even though he’s been out of office for 5 years, it’s nice to see him asking to be held accountable. Gore, of course, gave this speech to the Sierra Club, a group who joined with others to file suit in the U.S. District Court in New Orleans to stop development on New Orleans levees…a suit which was settled in 1997 with the Corps agreeing to hold off on some work
on the levees while doing an additional two-year environmental impact study. If we follow the Kanye West school of racial harmony, we can only conclude Gore is more concerned with trout than black people.
Then the article goes into detail on “an act of mercy that [Gore] was personally involved in” and seems to praise him for being so humble as to not even mention it. Of course, one must wonder about the humility shown in providing the details so the media could tell the world
And about that “act of mercy”. It appears Gore was paying back a favor to one of the “wealthiest one percent
“, obtaining access that poor people couldn’t.
…Dr. David Kline, a neurosurgeon who operated on Gore’s son, Albert, after a life-threatening auto accident in 1989, was trying to get in touch with Gore. 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…
Dr. Anderson Spickard, who is Gore’s personal physician and accompanied him on the flights…
[Gore personally called] Gov. Phil Bredesen to get Tennessee’s support and U.S. Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta to secure landing rights in New Orleans
I wonder how many people died as a result of rescue efforts being slowed or halted to accommodate the security detail that undoubtedly followed Gore.
Former Vice President Al Gore urged Americans on Friday to hold the Bush administration accountable for failing to adequately prepare for and respond to Hurricane Katrina.
Despite the fact the “federal response
here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne.”