Katrina Now a Metaphor For the Liberal Project

President Obama was in full touchdown dance mode yesterday when he spoke in New Orleans about the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. He has good reason to do so, but not because he deserves that much personal credit for the city’s recovery in the last decade. The hurricane was a critical touchstone in the narrative that helped discredit his predecessor George W. Bush and then elect him president. In the years since the storm made landfall, Katrina has ceased being a terrible storm that took lives and wrecked a city and a region. Instead, it is now a metaphor for the imperative for liberal politics. That this is still the case is testimony to the power of the liberal media to manipulate a story for political purposes. As some of those involved have learned to their sorrow, the consensus about what happened ten years ago is impervious to the facts or to rational argument. Indeed, that is now besides the point in most discussions about the hurricane. What we are commemorating this week in New Orleans is not a tragedy but the birth of a political meme.

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Katrina Now a Metaphor For the Liberal Project

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