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Saturday, September 03, 2005

"I'm Hungry!!!"

Bush visit halts food delivery

By Michelle Krupa
Staff writer

Three tons of food ready for delivery by air to refugees in St. Bernard Parish and on Algiers Point sat on the Crescent City Connection bridge Friday afternoon as air traffic was halted because of President Bush’s visit to New Orleans, officials said.

The provisions, secured by U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, and state Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom, baked in the afternoon sun as Bush surveyed damage across southeast Louisiana five days after Katrina made landfall as a Category 4 storm, said Melancon’s chief of staff, Casey O’Shea.

“We had arrangements to airlift food by helicopter to these folks, and now the food is sitting in trucks because they won’t let helicopters fly,” O’Shea said Friday afternoon.

The food was expected to be in the hands of storm survivors after the president left the devastated region Friday night, he said.

This is how it really went down....

"Yeaaaaaaaaah!!!! The food is here....We can finally eat after having no food or water for five days...God Bless you fine soldiers!!!" (Followed by a chorus of 'Thank you Jesus!!! Thank you Lord!!!' from the Black folks)

Military General: "There is to be NO food taken off that truck!!!....President Bush has just arrived and we have to devote FULL attention to his safety, well-being and the President's 'close up'..."

Starving people: "What do you mean?!!! We haven't eaten in five days....We are starving and we want food NOW!!!"

Starving elderly 76 year old woman: "Why can't we eat yet?!!! We have been waiting
for five long days for food and water!!!"

Military General: "At ease granny!!! I don't make the rules here....I just follow orders..."


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