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Obama’s Katrina Moment?

This Letter to the Editor appeared in the New York Times last week from a woman in California, asking if Obama’s “Katrina moment” had already arrived in the guise of the nation’s economic crisis. I share it with you for your consideration.

President Obama holds a prime time press conference Tuesday night. KVEC begins live coverage at 5 p.m. and we’ll welcome your phone calls immediately after the conference ends.

Here’s the letter:

To the Editor:

President Obama may not realize it yet, but his Katrina moment has arrived.

This is a defining moment for his presidency, and how he responds will determine the trajectory of his term. He needs to deal with the excesses within the financial industry with the same toughness and conviction that President Ronald Reagan brought to bear during the air traffic controllers’ strike. To date, he is sorely wanting.

We are not interested in the level of outrage the administration is feeling, but in the effectiveness of its response. So far, it has come across as hapless and completely ineffectual. This Obama voter would like to be spared the speeches and the posturing on the Sunday morning shows — action is what is needed.

Paulette Altmaier
Cupertino, Calif.,

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