We were caught off-guard reading this blog post by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams this morning:
I am duty-bound to report the talk of the New Orleans warehouse district last night: there was rejoicing (well, there would have been without the curfew, but the few people I saw on the streets were excited) when the power came back on for blocks on end. Kevin Tibbles was positively jubilant on the live update edition of Nightly News that we fed to the West Coast. The mini-mart, long ago cleaned out by looters, was nonetheless bathed in light, including the empty, roped-off gas pumps. The motorcade route through the district was partially lit no more than 30 minutes before POTUS drove through. And yet last night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to audible groans. It’s enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed it… jump to certain conclusions.The manner in which Williams relayed his observations seems powerful, raw and believable. It also contrasted with the what many of us might have seen during the President’s speech in New Orleans last night.
Regardless of whether these “certain conclusions” turn out to be accurate or not , Brian Williams, at least for the moment, seemed to cross the line from being a professional, detached observer and, for a brief moment, became one of us.