(St. Paul, Minnesota)
Sometimes in life you just have to improvise!
With Hurricane Gustav overshadowinng the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, the GOP had the good sense to create a "Hurricane Center" right inside the Xcel Energy Arena here. There are TV monitors, information pacts, charity donation forms and even a press briefing room, should someone from the affected states need to call a news conference. Well done, GOP!
Kudos also go to Democratic nominee Barack Obama. A short time ago I received an e-mail and text message from his massive internet operation:
Today, the thoughts and prayers of all Americans are with those in the path of Hurricane Gustav -- and many of you are asking what you can do to help.
We do not yet know what the impact of Hurricane Gustav will be, and we hope with all our hearts that the damage will not be as great as it was three years ago.
But we know there will be damage, and there is something you can do right now.
Your financial support will strengthen organizations like the American Red Cross that are evacuating Gulf Coast residents and planning to help communities get back on their feet.
Make a donation to support the American Red Cross today.
At times like this, it is our compassion and resilience that define who we are as a nation.
Please give whatever you can afford, even $10, to make sure the American Red Cross has the resources to help those in the path of this storm:
Thank you for your generosity, and I hope you will join Michelle and me in praying for the safety of those in the path of the storm and the first responders who are doing all they can to ensure the safety of their communities.
Certainly there will be critics who will charge "political opportunism" on both side of the aisle. That's fine. Maybe it is; maybe it isn't. The bottom line: people who need help are getting it! That's what our governments are supposed to do!
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