Film Director Spike Lee took on New Orleans and won the attention of America with his post hurricane Katrina HBO documentary, “If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise”. The film director was one of the 38 people honored Monday at the 70th Annual Peabody Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
After being awarded a Peabody Award for his documentary on post-Katrina New Orleans, Spike Lee had some words for the former president of the United States George W. Bush, on his handling of the situation:
“Under the direction, of the chief of command, President George Bush, , it took the United States government five days to come to rescue of its American citizens, Five days. And I know he’s written a book and what not, but no one’s ever explained, to this day, why it took five days. In fact, we talk about, in the first one, there was a typhoon in Sri Lanka, and we were there in 2 1/2 days, we were there, and that’s half way around the world, and yet it took five days for the United States to show up in New Orleans, and to this date, it’s never been explained why.” Lee told Huffington Post @ Peabody Award’s Ceremony
“Here’s the thing we have to realize. The levees are all throughout the United States of America, it’s not just New Orleans, it’s not just Louisiana,” Lee said. “And from what I’ve been told from experts, the levee system of the United States of America is in shambles, and unless they get the Army Corps of Engineers together, people are going to be at risk. If you live in any coastal area in the United States America, you’re going to be at risk.”
Spike has a valid point, if you live near water or by the coast you are pretty much F*CKED in the game if the Levee’s break. Spike pictured w/ CNN’s Larry King below. #GWOPALYPSE NOW