Skip to comments.White House halts royal visit to New Orleans to 'save face'
Posted on 10/29/2005 7:49:41 PM PDT by caryatid
The crisis engulfing the White House has forced the Prince of Wales to alter his plans to visit hurricane-ravaged New Orleans over the next week.
A visit to the city was planned by Clarence House and Downing Street to display the compassionate side of the Duchess of Cornwall.
However, the trip has been put on hold by the White House, which is anxious that it may draw attention back to President George Bush's much-criticised response to the Katrina victims.
The New Orleans visit has been left off the itinerary and, if it happens at all, will be little more than a whistle-stop tour.
'Meeting the flood victims would have been the perfect way of showing the warm side of Camilla which so few have so far seen,' said a senior British government source.
After President Bush was portrayed as uncaring in the wake of Katrina, the White House questioned whether the Prince's presence in New Orleans would contrast unfavourably with the President's failure to respond in good time.
'They thought - rightly - that compared to Charles and Camilla, who are so good at expressing concern, the President would look even more unconvincing,' said the source.
Later this week, the royal couple will spend three days in Washington DC. They will go to the White House for a lunch with the President before returning for a state dinner.
'It will be like arriving to stay in the middle of a family row,' said the source. 'I don't think Charles will be embarrassed personally. He has put up with much worse'.
Prince Charles will face further embarrassment on Tuesday when he visits a garden in the Financial District of New York dedicated to the 67 British workers who died when the Twin Towers were toppled by al-Qaeda. Among the British expatriates invited to the ceremony is Tina Brown, who is writing a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales.
The biography, to be published in 2007, will revisit how the Prince's marriage collapsed.
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This has got to be one of the more stupid A##ed articles I have read! Someone needs to point out--yet again--that New Orleans was not a federal problem, at least not until LA asked for federal assistance.
I think we've already heard more than we needed to hear about Camilla's "warm side"....
Sorry, y'all! It has been such a slow news day ... I just wondered if anyone was awake. LOL
Embarrassment due to a biographer and not his own gall at rebuking our President for America's intolerance towards "the True Religion of Peace"?
If we're goining to show them anything in Loisiana, IMHO, we should show them the spot where Andy Jackson kicked their sorry asses out of the U.S. for all time in 1814.
Second only to this one.
Battle of New Orleans ... Pakenham Oaks ... Chalmette National Battlefield ... Andrew Jackson [and one of my forebears, she says proudly] ...
Anyone know the condition of that area after the Hurricane?
Prince Charles and his wife will arrive in New York on Tuesday before visiting Washington and San Fransisco, with the likelihood of a brief headline-grabbing stop-over in New Orleans to visit the Hurricane Katrina mopping-up operations....In the first two days the couple will visit Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Centre in New York, inaugurate a memorial garden to the British victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and take tea with Kofi Annan at the United Nations. On Wednesday he heads to Washington for a private lunch with George Bush and his wife, and later a formal dinner at the White House.
That leaves Thursday for SF and, maybe, a NOLA touch & go.
If NOLA has been scrubbed, I'd say the reason for it is because the Pakistan earthquake makes NOLA look insignificant by comparison.
She will be the reason that I cancel my subscription.
Then I applaud her! Anything to stop revenues to the lame has been media is okay, in my book.
Welcome to the bright side. ;*)
Did you read that crap? Unbelievable!
Yes, I read it. You, me and prolly about 4 other people read it. When I run across 'quotes' attributed to anonymous sources, my brain has a habit of taking a vacation.
How did you guys find two such awful stories...YIKES
LOL - sorry to muck up your night!
Just lucky .... ? LOL
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