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Old 10-14-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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This was the headline from our local news via web.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVA) - Tomorrow's visit by President Barack Obama to the Gulf Coast will apparently not include a stop in Mississippi.

Instead the President will spend his visit touring the Katrina recovery efforts in New Orleans.
here is the link to the story:

wtva.com - Your Digital Information Center

Here is an email I emailed to the White House. I know, I know, it won't get read by the President, but I had to do it just because 'it was the right thing to do'.



Dear President Obama,

As I scanned the news section of our local T.V. station, my attention was caught with the headline that read: President's Visit Will By-Pass Mississippi.

I remembered reading that you were going to visit Katrina ravaged areas and became puzzled on why Mississippi was not considered worthy of a visit.

Katrina crippled our Gulf Coast. She roared ashore and wiped out small towns, ate up major roads and crumbled bridges. But, most of all, she cost lives in our fair state.

The economy lost due to Katrina was felt to our Northern borders as well as East and West. In other words, our whole state fell victim to this savage storm. Tropical Storm damage came up to almost half of our state!

I do realize New Orleans was hit a glancing blow, surviving the storm only to be flooded out and thousands of people trapped in their homes. I saw the coverage, weeping with each passing minute and praying for a miracle.

But, during the aftermath, while people put the blame here and there, the citizens of our fair state--our relatives, friends and neighbors were quietly picking up the pieces, rolling up our sleeves and getting down to work restoring, repairing and grieving all the while.

To by-pass our state is like a slap in our face. I urge you to reconsider your agenda and find time in your heart to stop here. We are not a people who beg, so you will not hear such from us, but we are a people who Invite our President to visit us and hear as well as see how we picked up the pieces in the aftermath of Katrina.

With most sincere regards,
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:50 AM
 
Location: San Diego, Ca
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Great post! I agree with you 100%.
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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We are a state who was struck by disaster and led from it by a strong governor. Unfortunately that governor is a Republican, and this occupant of the Whitehouse is still playing partisan politics.
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I am so glad to see you guys posting. For a moment I was afraid that no one in the state forum cared one way or another!!! about politics that is....

I just think it is sad that he is doing this, and I am not a racial person, and understand New Orleans did have many people to die, it was a huge city etc, but to not come to our Coast is just plain wrong as he is supposed to be President to everyone!!!!

Even President Bush visited our state. Now, I did not like a lot of things about Bush, but gave him credit where it counted and he did go to all areas affected. I've defended President Obama on occassions where I thought he was doing a great job, but on that same token, when he drops the ball, I will not hesitate to say so.
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:29 PM
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Location: Port Orange, Florida
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We are a state who was struck by disaster and led from it by a strong governor. Unfortunately that governor is a Republican, and this occupant of the Whitehouse is still playing partisan politics.
Louisiana's Governor is Bobby Jindal. He is a strong republican and a strong opponent of Obama.
58.56% of Louisianians voted for John McCain.
Could you explain the partisan politics part again??

As far as I'm concerned he can stay in Washington.
Just send us the check to rebuild and we will take it from there.

"The White House has issued a statement saying President Obama is committed to helping Mississippi
and that his administration has obligated over $160 million for the state with plans for another $2.5 billion."
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:55 PM
 
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I was under the impression politics was not welcome here. I posted something last week and not only did no one reply, the entire thread was deleted without any notice or explanation.

That aside, I really don't see what difference it makes if he shows up here on any particular occasion. It's not like he's bringing the check himself.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:24 PM
 
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I was under the impression politics was not welcome here. I posted something last week and not only did no one reply, the entire thread was deleted without any notice or explanation.

That aside, I really don't see what difference it makes if he shows up here on any particular occasion. It's not like he's bringing the check himself.
Missing Wisconsin too ,and we've had some bad floods.
Maybe he should run the country from an RV Convoy ,save on heating the White House.
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:58 AM
 
Location: el paso tx.
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I watched him on cnn and was a little sad that no-one cared enough to talk about waveland which was wiped out....but to keep it real..waveland and the state Mississippi does not sound as good as New Orleans...never has.
But when it is time for the votes they will come.....
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Old 10-17-2009, 06:41 AM
 
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That's what it comes down to. Bush was all over the state because the governor his party appointed to the state was here and MS hasn't help elect a democrat since Lincoln's day.
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Old 10-17-2009, 01:52 PM
 
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It would have been a nice gesture for Obama to mention MS. However, New Orleans is and has been the focal point, rightfully or not, of the Katrina disaster and recovery effort. With its larger population, tragic missteps during and after the storm, political infighting, and more recognizable locale to the rest of the nation it became the poster child for Katrina. So Obama going there isn't too to tough to grasp. And considering Mississippi never has a kind word to say about him--in fact, the opposite is true--I don't really blame him. I think MS will get its fair share, just not any nod of recognition, and as long it chooses to be a state that is never in play during an election, it will stay that way.
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