Posted by: Jennifer | September 8, 2005

define “better off”

Who would you attribute this quote to?

“What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas…everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.”

“And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway,” she said, “so this is working very well for them.”

Imelda Marcos, perhaps? Marie Antoinnette? Paris Hilton, even? If you by-passed all of these options and went with Barbara Bush, the mother of the President of the United States and a former First Lady in her own right, you’d be hearing buzzers ringing right now.

That’s right — the victims of the largest natural disaster in the country’s history are better off now that they are in shelters. Their homes are gone, family members and friends are dead or missing, pets are gone, jobs are lost, and they have to rebuild their lives with only the clothes on their backs and toothbrushes that have been given to them by the charity of others. But they’re better off. I mean, before all this they were poor. Isn’t this a step up?

Now, would you like to have some cake?

Okay, so apparently Marie never said anything about peasants and cake. But I love the quote and it fits the occasion. Live with it.

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