Friday, September 02, 2005

"Get off your asses and do something"

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in a WWL interview Thursday evening let it all hang out, and spoke the truth about the totally incompetent, negligent, failure of leadership by the Bush administration to provide adequate and timely assistance to New Orleans:

WWL: What can we do here?

NAGIN: Keep talking about it.

WWL: We'll do that. What else can we do?

NAGIN: Organize people to write letters and make calls to their congressmen, to the president, to the governor. Flood their doggone offices with requests to do something. This is ridiculous.

I don't want to see anybody do anymore goddamn press conferences. Put a moratorium on press conferences. Don't do another press conference until the resources are in this city. And then come down to this city and stand with us when there are military trucks and troops that we can't even count.

Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here. They're not here. It's too doggone late. Now get off your asses and do something, and let's fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country.

WWL: I'll say it right now, you're the only politician that's called and called for arms like this. And if -- whatever it takes, the governor, president -- whatever law precedent it takes, whatever it takes, I bet that the people listening to you are on your side.

NAGIN: Well, I hope so, Garland. I am just -- I'm at the point now where it don't matter. People are dying. They don't have homes. They don't have jobs. The city of New Orleans will never be the same in this time.

Tears ended the interview.

Listen and learn.


At 9/02/2005 09:19:00 PM, Blogger Mixter said...

Had he not called it a desperate S.O.S., they still might be waiting. He was not acting as a politician, but a human being! God bless him.


At 9/09/2005 06:13:00 PM, Blogger tchrgrrl said...

There was also a CNN interview with the mayor and Solidad O'Brien where he (the mayor) stated that the day after the hurricane he and the governor met with Pres. Bush. The President offered immediate help and the governor said that she "needed 24 hours to think about it." Bush is the bad guy here? I must be missing something!


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