The Corner

Lessons Learned — and Forgotten?

From the Bush/Gore debate on October 3, 2000, a reminder for Governor Blanco — and for the president himself:

Bush: As governor, one of the things you have to deal with is catastrophe. I can remember the fires that swept Parker County, Texas. I remember the floods that swept our state. I remember going down to Del Rio, Texas.

And I’ve got to pay the administration a compliment. James Lee Witt of FEMA has done a really good job of working with governors during times of crisis.

But that’s the time when you’re tested not only — it’s a time to test your mettle. It’s the time to test your heart, when you see people whose lives have been turned upside down. It broke my heart to go to the flood scene in Del Rio where a fellow and his family just got completely uprooted.

The only thing I knew to do was to get aid as quickly as possible, which we did with state and federal help, and to put my arms around the man and his family and cry with them.

But that’s what governors do. Governors are oftentimes found on the front line of catastrophic situations.

Byron York — Byron York is is the author of The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.

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