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The president should be more sensitive to hurricane victims

As I watched the president on television (on Friday) morning, trying to provide a more appropriate response to the disaster in the South, I was struck by one comment he made at the end of his speech. President Bush talked about the total destruction of what was apparently quite a splendid home owned by a Congressman. With a smile creeping across his face, he said that he could not wait for it to be rebuilt to its previous grandeur, so that the Congressman and he could kick back with their feet propped up on the railing of the equally splendid porch. I recall a quote of Edward Gibbon in his “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” that “if we are more deeply affected by the ruin of a palace than by the conflagration of a cottage, our humanity must have formed a very erroneous estimate of the miseries of human life.”Although I believe the president is saddened by the totality of the destruction and the plight of the less fortunate, such extemporary comments are a poor reflection on what I hope is his ability to empathize with so many people who are now truly destitute.

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