AMERICAN SHAME: New Orleans Pieta

AMERICAN SHAME: The Edgar Hollingsworth Story
by RobertInWisconsin
Wed Sep 14th, 2005 at 11:51:05 CDT

Today is Day 17. Two and a half weeks. Tomorrow President Bush will show up in New Orleans for another photo-op, this time to try to rescue his own sorry, lazy, incompetent, negligent ass with a televised address to the nation..

Let's put a face to that failure. Please meet Edgar Hollingsworth, age 74, a resident of New Orleans.

First : What I will always call 'The Photo'
Second : My summary and my rant.
Finally : Some excerpts from the news story and a link to the source.

[ update ] Poster chachabowl calls it : "American Pieta"

"...whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto Me."

Edgar Hollingsworth pulled unconscious and emaciated from his New Orleans home, 16 days after Hurricane Katrina hit


Mr Hollingsworth was pulled unconscious and emaciated from his home in New Orleans by members of the California National Guard YESTERDAY - Day 16.

While Mr Hollingsworth lay on a couch in his home -- apparently alone, forgotten, without food or water, sinking into unconsciousness -- Mr Bush was doing the following :

* Golfing
* Licking cake frosting off his fingers
* Strumming a guitar
* Giving a propaganda speech in San Diego comparing Iraq to WWII and himself to FDR
* Flying 2,000 feet overhead
* Dragging his feet - sitting on his LAZY ASS - for FIVE LONG DAYS, while he and his gov't were in a state of PARALYSIS
* Telling that horse's ass, 'Brownie you're doing a heck of a job'
* Engaging in a pissing match with the Governor of Louisiana
* Playing the Blame Game to try to pin his own inaction and negligence on everyone else
* Finally - Taking full responsibility for the federal government failure to save people like Mr Hollingsworth ( Will Mr Bush receive consequences for his deadly inaction ? WILL HE ? )

The story of Edgar Hollingsworth brings me to tears. This man could be my late father. Did Mr Hollingsworth work his entire life, then retire ? (like my father)

Did Mr Hollingsworth honorably serve his country in the armed forces (like my father) (unlike Mr Bush) ? Did he serve a country in its time of need that failed to serve him in HIS time of need ?

Did Mr Hollingsworth live in the Deep South during the days of segregation, Jim Crow, lynchings, KKK ?

Will Mr Hollingsworth survive ? Or will he die ? ( My father died recently, which is probably one of the reasons why this story tears at me )

The photo alone outrages me. It's from the Orange County Register, and it's also on the front page of my area morning newspaper which gets more and more conservative every year.

In my area morning newspaper it's below the headline 'BUSH TAKES THE BLAME'.

It ought to outrage you.

The story ought to outrage you even more.

Mr Bush MUST resign or be impeached.

Survivor rescued 16 days after the hurricane

The Orange County Register
September 14, 2005

NEW ORLEANS - . . . A human foot arching at an odd angle was visible through the front window of a locked and dark home.

The National Guard team of searchers was about to call in a "DB," or dead body . . . in the Broadmoor district when Lt. Frederick Fell decided to investigate.

In the past few days, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has ordered searchers not to break into homes. They are supposed to look in through a window and knock on the door. If no one cries out for help, they are supposed to move on. If they see a body, they are supposed to log the address and move on.

< snip >

Fell broke the rules and ordered his men to bash open the door, launching a series of events that would save a man's life and revitalize California Task Force 5 from Orange County.

< snip >

. . . 16 days after Hurricane Katrina smacked this aging community in the face, an unconscious and emaciated man identified as Edgar Hollingsworth, 74, was rescued. The man is expected to survive.

< snip >

Medics from California Task Force 5, which had been searching in the same neighborhood, were eventually able to get intravenous fluids through a vein under the man's clavicle in an intricate curbside medical procedure that may have saved the man's life.

The man had been lying on the couch in his locked and sweltering home.

< snip >

They pulled him out of the house and laid him on the sidewalk. He looked as if he weighed less than 80 pounds.

< snip >

"They were surprised at the hospital that anyone in his condition would still be alive," Czuleger said. "In 24 hours, he would have been dead.

"I think the young Army guy that found him saved his life."

Daily Kos: AMERICAN SHAME: The Edgar Hollingsworth Story


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