New Cartoon: Roving Reporter, Katrina Losses Edition
Plus: Bush still misses Trent Lott's porch (See also my original Katrina cartoons: "Questions," "The Brighter Side of Hurricane Katrina", and "Let Them Eat Toxic Sludge!")
So say you're a crapbag excuse for a president who was playing air guitar and eating birthday cake while thousands of people drowned and lost their homes and livelihoods and loved ones. And say many of the people thus affected were black and poor. And say you didn't really do a heckuva job getting them housing or jobs or rebuilding their city. And say it's a year later, and you want to reach out to them and show them you care, that you understand, you really understand? How do you express your loss to all these (largely black and poor) survivors?
By talking about how much you miss Senator Trent Lott's porch, of course. You know, the Senator who had to step down as Senate Majority Leader because he longed for the days of Strom Thurmond, segregation and lynching? And I quote:
"It's hard to describe the devastation down here," he said. "It was massive in its destruction, and it spared nobody. U.S. Sen. Trent Lott had a fantastic house overlooking the bay. I know because I sat in it with he and his wife. And now it's completely obliterated. There's nothing...."
Because nothing says "I feel your pain" like longing for racist lemonade and fancy real estate. Meanwhile Lott is sitting pretty in the Senate and living in one of his other homes, and Katrina's real victims are stuck in trailers.
P.S. This isn't the first time Bush was only able to conceptualize Katrina losses in the context of Trent Lott's porch. A year ago he made the following infamous remark:
Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch.
P.P.S. Spike Lee's HBO documentary When the Levees Broke made me sob like a baby. I highly recommend it, just be sure to have tissues at hand.
P.P.P.S. Get your Attack of the 50-Foot Mikhaela T-shirts and/or tank tops while they're hot!