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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Oblivious, in denial, dangerous.

That's how House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi described President Bush after meeting with him today.

"What didn't go right?" asked Bush, about FEMA's performance after the hurricane.

If you're American, please call your Congress people and tell them you agree with Representative Pelosi. They need encouragement.

It's gonna be a haul. Here's hoping the R's don't crank up a massive backlash against the displaced people because they're black. Here's hoping.

I've been listening to lots of New Orleans music. A '60s recording of an old song, "Mardi Gras Mambo," on a compilation of "New Orleans Party Music," reminds me of my last trip to N.O., back in December. During a night of fabulous music at Preservation Hall, somebody requested "Mardi Gras Mambo" and the band did a lovely lightly swinging bouncing buoyant version. The trumpeter, William Smith, sang lead. I talked to him briefly between sets. Wonderful musician -- the whole band was wonderful, one of the best bands I've ever seen. I hope they're alive.
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