Monday, September 05, 2005

Frist Takes Matters Into His Own Hands

Add Bill Frist's name to the list of people who are getting a thumbs-up on their performances over the last week. Instead of simply holding press conferences or lobbing criticism at the administration while lying on the beach, like many elected officials are, the Majority Leader flew down to Louisiana before sunrise on Saturday morning, and is serving as a medical volunteer. He has shuttled back and forth between the Louis Armstrong Airport and the N.O. Convention Center, treating patients who are dehydrated or experiencing high blood pressure. He has also been administering injections for diabetics with low blood sugar.

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been characterized by blame-shifting and squirming by directors, executives, and officials of all kinds. So it's pretty nice to see someone who could be following suit, and railing on the relief effort or praising it from a thousand miles away, going to Ground Zero instead, and getting his hands a little bit dirty. The fact that Frist could gain politically from this is irrelevant. To be quite honest, given the stark contrast between his actions and many of his colleagues', I think he should use pictures of himself helping out the victims freely if this remains as a major campaign issue. He's doing the job of a public servant while most others are not, and he has my respect.


At 10:56 AM, Anonymous roberto said...

Bill Frist works closely with Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief agency that does work all over the world. Frist has also spent time working in hospitals in the Sudan.

Would it be nice if instead of spending airtime finding political villians and fall guys, the media could dedicate just a little bit of attention to highlighting heroes of Katrina.

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Frist may have joined in but check out this post:

It's also posted at on your blogroll

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

or at least it used to be in your blogroll

At 8:31 PM, Anonymous njcons said...



I saw the same thing in my neighborhood. I actually posted on it link

People always amaze, don't they?

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Sergeant-At-Arms said...

Are you crazy? Any geologist will tell you that the city should never have been built there. I'm not paying for any large corporation to come in and rebuild it only to see it flooded again. See ya Nawlins'. Head upstream and pray with the Swaggart's. You can call it New New Orleans.


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