CNN earlier reported that President Bush will visit Florida in the next few days, and that he declared the state a disaster area an HOUR after the storm cam ashore.
I'm not sure about a declaration that fast, but kudo's to him going to Florida this week to survey the damage with his brother and state officials. I think he learned a valuable lesson from '92, when his dad had the perception of not acting after Andrew annihilated the eastern half of the state.
Yes, it's an election year, and yes, politics DOES play a role in this-how can it not, but give credit where it's due. In a time like this, the president has a place and a reason to be there. Conversely, Kerry, as simply a candidate, should NOT show up there. It's not his place. If it were Mass. that was damaged, I think it would be appropriate for him AND
the president together, to survey the damage, but it's not his constituency, so he should stay away till a later date, which I guess is the plan, according to CNN.
Still haven't heard from my friend in Florida. Fact is, everytime I try, the circuts, even on the cell, are busy.
Best wishes to all the folks in Florida, and the Carolina's to get through this.