We were told it was a direct hit headed right at the Gulf Coast. President Bush attended a birthday party with cake with luscious white frosting and navy blue lettering for Senator John McCain. We knew the magnitude. We saw the size of the storm. We herded people into the Louisiana Superdome as a place of last resort. There were people who had no gas money or would not leave their precious pets behind. Many people waited for the last check of the month so they could pay for medications.
August 29, 2005 exposed an American way of life to the world in all its shame and glory. And today most of the 9th Ward in Louisian still looks like this:
In Mississippi, the Gulf Coast is struggling.