Profiles In Courage

U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.,, left, and Caroline Kennedy, right, pose for photos with the JFK Profile in Courage Award recipients Doris Voitier, superintendent of Schools for St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, second from left, and Houston Mayor Bill White after the award presentations at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Monday, May 21, 2007. ( AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)
AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki
This column was written by The Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
I spoke with Caroline Kennedy this morning about the annual awards that are bestowed in memory of her father.

President Kennedy surely would have appreciated the work done by Houston Mayor Bill White and St. Bernard Parish school superintendent Doris Votier.

Both community leaders were slammed by Hurricane Katrina. Mayor White opened the doors of his city to some 200,000 evacuees. He told me today even with the many problems they presented it was the right thing to do.

Being a good neighbor is what he called it. Even now, there are still more than 100,000 folks who have decided to stay and make Houston their home.

More than 90 percent of the homes and businesses in St. Bernard Parish were inundated by water from the hurricane. Doris Votier quickly learned that the promises the federal government was making were never going to come true.

Had she not decided to bypass FEMA her schools might still be closed. Courage indeed.

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By Harry Smith