August 29, 2008 — Sarah Palin announced as Republican Vice-Presidential candidate

Sarah Palin was almost unknown outside of her home state of Alaska prior to August 2008. She’d been Governor there for a little under two years, and the winds of scandal were starting to blow around her administration.

But she was young (for politics), fiesty and female, and the Republican Party needed something to counter Barack Obama’s youth (again, for politics) and blackness. So despite John McCain’s criticisms of Obama’s lack of experience, he chose someone arguably even less experienced to be his running-mate.

It did not turn out the way the Republican Party had hoped it would.

August 29, 2005 — Hurricane Katrina destroys much of New Orleans

At 6:10AM on the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made a landfall on the Louisiana coast near Buras-Triumph. After moving along the coast, it made another landfall near the border of Louisiana and Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina was the most destructive natural disaster to strike the United States in recorded history. The confirmed death toll was 1836 (in May 2006), however this is a conservative estimate, and does not include more than 700 people missing, nor indirect deaths.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency displayed a level of incompetence that was close to unbelievable. The level of it was such that corruption or deliberate malice seemed more likely explanation, just as this song suggests.