(In 250 Words or Less)

AUGUST 19, 2006
Word Count:250

“Mr. President? It’s Ray Nagin speaking.”

“Nagin? Nagin. Nagin. What can I do for you er, uh Bob?”

“That’s Ray sir. Ray. Ray Nagin.”

“Oh yes of course…Ray. How ya doing?”

“You don’t know who I am.”

“Of course, you’re, uh, Ray Nagin the…uh…”

“Let me refresh your memory. The Mayor of New Orleans. Remember me?”

“New Orleans. Hmm. Nope. Sorry Ray, doesn’t ring a bell.”

“New Orleans. Katrina. An entire city decimated?”

“Sounds awful. How’d it happen?”

“The biggest hurricane to hit the U.S. It was one of the worst natural disasters in our nation’s history. That’s how it happened. You flew over it last year.”

“Oh yeah, I seem to recall the oil companies took a pretty big hit on that one.”

“Mr. President, we ALL took a big hit on that one.”

“What is it you want Ray?”

“Funding sir. Funding! We need money. Now.”

“These things take time Ray.”

“Mr. President, have you seen that Reuters photograph?”

“Which photograph are we talking about Ray?”

“Don’t you find it ironic sir that the ‘terrorists’ in Lebanon are already handing out cash to victims of the conflict? It’s only been days. The photograph shows a guy with a handful of Ben Franklins.”

“Sorry Ray haven’t seen it. Don’t read the papers. I’m sure they must have a motive.”

“Did you ever think their motive might be to actually help people?”

“It’s been nice chatting with you Ray but I gotta go, say hi to Katrina for me.”

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