New Orleans Sometimes, but not all that often, I get to say, “Hey! You heard it first here!” This is one of those days. Today’s NYT, President Obama is reportedly all up in everyone’s face in the White House about whether or not they have read the New Yorker story on why the frick are the healthcare costs so high in McAllen “poor-as-dirt” Texas. He’s arguing that this proves the pudding on why we desperately have to have a national healthcare solution. Thanks for reading the blog, Mr. President! Next time, go ahead and write a comment rather than embarrassing your staff in the big house.
In New Orleans we have another phenomenon that has relaxed a city that is frankly known for being laid back and relaxed. Mayor C. Ray Nagin is in his 2nd or 3rd day of swine flu quarantine in Shanghai, China, and the proud citizens of New Orleans are pretty comfortable in not feeling we are missing much of anything. Sympathy cards are being sent, but it turns out that they are going to the city officials in Shanghai. There’s talk about a prisoner exchange. We will have to follow this, but at a distance of course.