Lincoln praises Americans' helping spirit

Sept. 24, 2005 at 11:10 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., said the devastation wreaked by U.S. Gulf Coast hurricanes has shown the true strength of the people of the United States.

Speaking Saturday during the weekly Democratic Party radio address, recorded before Hurricane Rita made landfall, Lincoln praised the efforts of the American people in helping those affected by the storms.

"Hurricane Katrina inspired us to value competence, good governance and compassion," Lincoln said. "Above all, it has reminded us that we are connected in unique and lasting ways that transcend race and class."

She said the sight of neighbor helping neighbor was also a testament to the faith that "renews in us the sense of community that is the essence of the American spirit."

Lincoln said: "In the end we are all Americans. And that is our strength. It is a strength that allows us to reach out to those in need, not out of pity or arrogance, but with respect for their humanity and their place in our American family."

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