Monday, September 12, 2005

Mayor: "Not my problem!"; LA Senator: "feds should control city workforce"; and Guv Blanco absolves Bush

Ray Nagin, mayor of New Orleans, on why it wasn't his fault the school buses that could have been used for evacuation out of New Orleans got flooded:
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said Friday that it wasn't his fault city school buses weren't mobilized to facilitate the Hurricane Katrina evacuation he ordered.

Appearing on NBC's "Dateline," Nagin was asked by host Stone Phillips: "What was mobilized? I mean were national guard troops in position. Were helicopters standing by? Were buses ready to take people away?"

"No. None of that," the Big Easy mayor replied. (Really, then what's this? - ed.)

"Why is that?" an incredulous Phillips asked.

Nagin replied: "I dont know. That is question for somebody else."
Yep. "Not my problem." The elusive "Somebody else." Stark contrast to Rudy Giuliani's response on 9/11/01, wouldn't you say?

The article explains how this was the second time Nagin was asked about using the 2,000 school buses for evacuation. His response the first time?
"One of the briefings we had they were talking about getting, you know, public school bus drivers to come down here and bus people out of here," Nagin said.

"I'm like - you've got to be kidding me. This is a natural disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans."
Wow...just, wow. Right, Ray, it's much easier and more efficient to bring a couple of thousand of Greyhound drivers IN to New Orleans AND THEN have them turn around and leave OUT of New Orleans...than it would be to simply get ANY drivers (public school bus drivers, volunteers, evacuees, etc.) to simply get on and leave. Also, does his response seem to imply that conditions were too dangerous for N.O. drivers but that somehow private drivers would be more expendible?

Of course, Senator Moonbat Landrieu (D-LA) blames the refusal to use N.O. school guessed it. Bush. Somehow, the city budget of N.O. and their citizens' poor work ethic she exposes...are the fault of the federal government. Don't fault her, folks. She just believes, like every good little liberal does, in central planning of every detail of every level of government.'s all Bush's fault! Except...unless...uh, that ask the other primary failed cog in this engine, Governor Blanco (Dem.) of Louisiana. Link:
As she has before, Blanco, a Democrat, refused to blame President Bush, a Republican.

"Help in those critical moments was slow in coming, not through any fault of the president," she said.

Good Lord, moonbats! Kinda hard to try to pin this one on Bush when the governor herself can't do it!