The more I have seen and heard him in interviews, including the now famous WWL radio interview, I like his straightforward, plain spoken, no-holds-barred way of telling it like it is in New Orleans. I'm sure that his administration made some mistakes in the aftermath of Katrina, which he admits. He impresses me as being a guy who is trying to get things done, and not worried about being politically correct in the process.
Nagin is a disaster. Charisma is no substitute for substance. Guliani would not have melted down on radio like this showman. I'm surprised at you, Snug.
The following does not flow smoothly because it's bits and pieces with certain parts omitted.
"My blog partner Chris Regan is tirelessly researching all of the angles of the sad story of the buses that were never used. It's a pity that local journalists who live and work in the city that was New Orleans still aren't. If they were, they would have found the state's disaster preparedness plan and its calls for using buses to shuttle residents to safety. They would have found that the city's emergency manager is actually supposed to manage emergencies by setting up local command and control for the feds to augment. They would have noted the effect that the city's police department's meltdown has had on relief efforts. But instead, the local journalists are just playing the same one-note political song that the national MSM is playing: It's all Bush' fault, la la la, can't hear anything else.
What is the President supposed to do--fire all of the city's inept officials and replace them with FEMA bureaucrats?
Buses, huh? As long as we're talking about buses, why not mention the hundreds and hundreds of city-owned buses now sending oil slicks half way across the city?
Despite the city's multiple points of entry, our nation's bureaucrats spent days after last week's hurricane wringing their hands, lamenting the fact that they could neither rescue the city's stranded victims nor bring them food, water and medical supplies. Meanwhile there were journalists, including some who work for The Times-Picayune, going in and out of the city via the Crescent City Connection. On Thursday morning, that crew saw a caravan of 13 Wal-Mart tractor trailers headed into town to bring food, water and supplies to a dying city.
And journalists on the ground in New Orleans could have gotten close enough to see lots full of waterlogged buses that should have ferried the city's most vulnerable residents to safety, but it was up to bloggers and blog readers half a continent away to see it for them. Had the local journalists seen those buses, they might have asked the mayor a question or two about them. Had those journalists broken out the city's disaster prep plans, they would have seen on page 13 that those buses should have been on the highways, not bumper deep in flood waters.
But it's easier to do no research, never mention the buses, and blame the President. That's what everyone else is doing."
All the buses are only meant to bus them blacks to the voting booth every four years and elect or at least try to elect our next POTUS. Losing the Big Easy vote is the real catastrpophic event for the Dems IMHO.
Persh-You got to view entries for www.demon.homestead.com Check "Ready Room" Wealthy,you asked me to post a photo couple years ago,well if you look closely,the big good-looking guy sitting in the Ready Room is me. Check 6
Snug-I agree Nagin will probably run for Governor as Ms Blanco not impressive.Also Aaron Broussard,President of Jefferson Parish was impressive even though he brokedown and cried on TV.Expect Larry King will have both on his show soon.