Mississippi on His Mind
George W. Bush really wants to sit on Trent Lott's porch:
We've got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we're going to save lives and stabilize the situation. And then we're going to help these communities rebuild. The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch." (Laughter)
--George W. Bush, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005
***I can't wait to join you in the joy of welcoming neighbors back into neighborhoods, and small businesses up and running, and cutting those ribbons that somebody is creating new jobs. That's what I think is going to happen.
I just want you to know that when I'm thinking about how we can help this part of the world, Mississippi is on my mind. Mississippi is a part of the future of this country, and part of that future is to help you get back up on your feet. And I'm confident that your United States senator Trent Lott, if I don't say it loud enough, he will. (Laughter.) He'll remind us. But I appreciate you taking time out of your day.
-- George W. Bush, Poplarville, Miss., September 5, 2005