Today's press conferences, by the President, and much of the cabinet renewed my faith that we Americans, when faced by adversity, pull together to get the job done. It was gratifying to hear the major department heads discuss frankly the extent of the problem, and how they were contributing to its resolution. Bravo, especially to Secretary Chertoff, and his DHS agencies--they will bear the brunt of the initial rescue efforts.
Only one thing was out of place. Mr. Gonzalez, the Attorney-General, and Mr. Mueller, head of the FBI decided it was more important to discuss an indictment of alleged terrorist conspirators in Los Angeles. While I agree it is an important story, it did not belong with discussion of the human tragedy in New Orleans, and the rest of the Gulf Coast. Several times, the reporters tried to steer back to the disaster, but each time, Gonzalez stayed on his topic. it almost seemed that he resented not being the center of attraction. Thankfully, the reporters stopped asking him questions, and the conference ended.