Thanks to Changing Places for the link to the Tsunami Relief Blog. The blog provides helpline and online information for help in locating missing persons in the various countries, contact information and web links for donations, and even information for Spanish readers, as well as a wealth of other links and resources. The quickness with which bloggers put this together is amazing. Thank God for people who are this organized and committed to providing information and help.
Meanwhile, um, our President is on vacation. And I just found out that, by August 2003, Dubya had spent 27% of his presidency on vacation . . .I wonder what the percentage is these days . . .Well, real leaders cut short their vacation, and offer personal input (let's call it, "leadership") as quickly as possible ~~ say, like, for example, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who cut short his vacation and returned to work in Berlin to address the tsunami crisis, or former President Bill Clinton, who appears to be the predominant U.S. voice speaking about the disaster in Britain, in an interview he gave to the BBC. Dubya, on the other hand, took three days to "emerge from his vacation" on Wednesday to give this short statement on Sunday's tsunami disaster ~ note at the end of the transcript how G.W.B. tells reporters:
I'm sorry to disrupt your day, but I felt like it was important to talk about what is going to be one of the major natural disasters in world history. And it's important for the world to know that our government is focused and will continue to respond to help those who suffer.