Today at the White House Easter Egg Roll, dozens of children “from the stricken Gulf Coast region serenaded First Lady Laura Bush with a song praising the beleaguered Federal Emergency Management Agency.” To the tune of “Hey Look Me Over,” the kids from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama sang:
Our country’s stood beside usPeople have sent us aid.Katrina could not stop us, our hopes will never fade.Congress, Bush and FEMAPeople across our landTogether have come to rebuild us and we join them hand-in-hand!
Neither Congress, FEMA, nor President Bush should be proud of their response in the Gulf Coast. FEMA’s post-Katrina housing program has produced “vast sums of waste and misspent funds,” now likely to “top $1 billion and perhaps much more.” Despite President Bush’s pledge to build the levees “higher and better,” federal officials now say “there may not be enough money to fully protect the entire region.” And as even Newt Gingrich acknowledged this weekend, “it’s going to be really bad by September when we go back and have a one-year review and we realize how much of New Orleans is not fixed as of this coming September.”
It’s not yet clear who actually produced the song, but the mystery writer is definitely in the running for a Grammy.