You don’t know how good you’ve got it…
Rachel Watson sits in her Houston hotel room waiting for word on the whereabouts of her one-year-old daughter Te-Erika and her daughter’s father James Green Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005. The three were separated from each other at the New Orleans Super Dome when Rachel, who is nine months pregnant, began having labor pains. She has spent some of her time in Houston shopping for baby booties and shoes for Te-Erika. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
“Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them,” Mrs. Bush told American Public Media’s “Marketplace” program, before returning to her multi-million dollar Houston home.
On the tape of the interview, Mrs. Bush chuckles audibly as she observes just how great things are going for families that are separated from loved ones, people who have been forced to abandon their homes and the only community where they have ever lived, and parents who are explaining to children that their pets, their toys and in some cases their friends may be lost forever. Perhaps the former first lady was amusing herself with the notion that evacuees without bread could eat cake.
At the very least, she was expressing a measure of empathy commensurate with that evidenced by her son during his fly-ins for disaster-zone photo opportunities.