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The Sciences

Lessons in Empathy

Cosmic VarianceBy Risa WechslerSeptember 2, 2005 9:41 PM

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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.)

-- President George W. Bush CNN Anchor:

The people we are seeing in this footage are largely black and largely poor, and they are largely being left behind. What message does this send to the rest of the world about America?

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay:

What it tells me is we're doing a wonderful job...

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