".....In contrast to federal and Louisiana officials, (Mississippi Governor Haley) Barbour would be lauded for his leadership after Katrina. He also became the state’s head cheerleader, telling national media Mississippians know how to “hitch up their britches” and help themselves and their neighbors recover...."
And from Kathleen Koch (coincidentally, the sister of one of my school friends at Bay St. Louis Sr. High) on USA Today who knows the Mississippi Gulf Coast as only someone who has lived here can:
".....Validation is an important part of the healing process after any disaster. Losing everything is difficult enough. But struggling in silence while no one understands the magnitude of the destruction can make the suffering even harder to bear. Mississippians don’t want anyone’s pity. But they would appreciate acknowledgment — a pat on the back for the resurrection that the plucky region has managed to engineer......"