In the meantime, as the evacuation efforts started, about 100 New Orleans residents decided to grab the school bus that was just sitting abandoned in their neighborhood and drive to Houston’s Astrodome. Eighteen-year-old Jabbor Gibson took the wheel, never having driven a bus, and drove the flood victims seven hours to the Astrodome, getting there before any of the official buses.

Naturally, the authorities weren’t thrilled about that. (Why do I have a feeling an SUV convoy would have been welcomed more?) While I can see the point that the evacuation effort needed some organization to it, I have to applaud the initiative and bravery it took to do so.

So, is government work in Jabbor Gibson’s future? Because I think we found a better head for FEMA than the current one.