GEORGE "THE ANIMAL" BUSH
"I fully understand people wanting things to have happened yesterday. I mean I understand the anxiety of people on the ground... So there is frustration but I want people to know there's a lot of help coming," he said in an interview with ABC television.
He said the operation being mounted was one of the biggest in US history, and inevitably took time to get under way.
"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees. They did appreciate a serious storm but these levees got breached and as a result much of New Orleans is flooded and now we're having to deal with it and will," he said.
"There's a lot of food on its way, a lot of water on the way and there's a lot of boats and choppers headed that way... it just takes a while to float them."
***NOTE: Hey, what was that line after the 9/11 attacks about no one being able to anticipate those attacks? Oh well. Never mind. We musn't look back, only forward. We musn't play the "blame game" because we need to take action. DON'T THINK.
"The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)"
Bush to women: “There’s a Salvation Army center that I want to, that I’ll tell you where it is, and they’ll get you some help. I’m sorry…. They’ll help you…..
Woman 1: “I came here looking for clothes…”
Bush: “They’ll get you some clothes, at the Salvation Army center…”
Woman 1: “We don’t have anything…”
Bush: “I understand…. Do you know where the center is, that I’m talking to you about?”
Guy with shades: “There’s no center there, sir, it’s a truck.”
Bush: “There’s trucks?”
Guy: “There’s a school, a school about two miles away…..”
Bush: “But isn’t there a Salvation center down there?”
Guy: “No that’s wiped out….”
Bush: “A temporary center? ”
Guy: “No sir they’ve got a truck there, for food.”
Bush: “That’s what I’m saying, for food and water.”
Bush turns to the sister who’s been saying how she needs clothes.
Bush to Sister: “You need food and water.”
"At a news conference, Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush's choice for head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency had 'absolutely no credentials.' "She related that she had urged Bush at the White House on Tuesday to fire Michael Brown.
" 'He said "Why would I do that?' " Pelosi said.
" 'I said because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right last week.' And he said 'What didn't go right?' "
" 'Oblivious, in denial, dangerous,' she added."
"To the extent the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility," Bush said.
***NOTE: meanwhile, as the "liberal press" *ahem* tells you that this is a first, Bush is taking responsibility for one of his numerous mistakes and/or crimes, implied but not spoken is this: Bush will only take responsibility if an investigation turns up failure on the part of the federal government. Bush will head that investigation. Are you laughing yet? Republicans already voted down a proposal by that hateful feminazi Hillary Clinton to have an independent council look into this, so we'll just have to trust Bush to investigate himself. Taking a look at that Stepford Wife, Laura Bush, methinks a little self-investigation ain't such a bad idea after all.
Lastly, now that Darth Cheney has given the A-okay, Carl Rove will be heading up the reconstruction project for New Orleans in conjunction with our favorite no-bid contract winner, Haliburton. Boy, do these guys know how to capitalize on death or what? Here is your safe bet for New-And-Improved Orleans: Waterfront property for the filthy rich. N'Ohlens will never see another poor Black person again except in the reprised role of "servant."
Cannot remember the interview but she twice mispronounced Hurricane Katrina as Hurricane Carina. This is important, as Mike Malloy of Air America Radio points out, because mispronouncing it twice indicates not a mistake, but the fact that she doesn't know the name of the cause of perhaps the worst natural disaster in American history unfolding before our very eyes.
"Almost everyone I’ve talked to says we're going to move to
Then she added: "What I’m hearing which is sort of
scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is
so overwhelmed by the hospitality.
"And so many of the people in the arena here, you
know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she
chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."
"It was so nice of VP Dick Cheney to come back from his fly fishing holiday in Wyoming to do a presser in Mississippi. But the locals, uh, weren't so happy to see him. This just went down during a live interview:
"Random Guy: Go f*** yourself Mr. Cheney. Go f*** yourself.
Reporter: Are you getting a lot of that, Mr. Vice President?
Cheney: It's the first time I've heard it."
MICHAEL BROWN (Head of FEMA)
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 - On Thursday night, Michael D. Brown, the federal government's point man for managing the response to Hurricane Katrina, made a remarkable confession on live television.
Speaking of the thousands stranded at the convention center in New Orleans without food or water, Mr. Brown said that his agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, had just learned of their plight.
CNN's Paula Zahn was incredulous. "Sir," she said, "you aren't just telling me you just learned that the folks at the convention center didn't have food and water until today, are you? You had no idea they were completely cut off?"
"Paula," Mr. Brown replied unequivocally, "the federal government did not even know about the convention center people until today."
The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday those New Orleans residents who chose not to heed warnings to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina bear some responsibility for their fates.
Michael Brown also agreed with other public officials that the death toll in the city could reach into the thousands.
"Unfortunately, that's going to be attributable a lot to people who did not heed the advance warnings," Brown told CNN.
"I don't make judgments about why people chose not to leave but, you know, there was a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans," he said.
"And to find people still there is just heart-wrenching to me because, you know, the mayor did everything he could to get them out of there.
"So, we've got to figure out some way to convince people that whenever warnings go out it's for their own good," Brown said. "Now, I don't want to second guess why they did that. My job now is to get relief to them." .....
Asked later on CNN how he could blame the victims, many of whom could not flee the storm because they had no transportation or were too frail to evacuate on their own, Brown said he was not blaming anyone.
"Now is not the time to be blaming," Brown said. "Now is the time to recognize that whether they chose to evacuate or chose not to evacuate, we have to help them."
(To Jim Lehrer)
"[T]he American people understand how fascinating and unusual this is -- is that we're seeing people that we didn't know exist that suddenly are showing up on bridges or showing up on overpasses or parts of the interstate that aren't inundated...."
WOLF BLITZER (CNN Reporter)
"You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals, as Jack Cafferty just pointed out, so tragically, so many of these people, almost all of them that we see, are so poor and they are so black, and this is going to raise lots of questions for people who are watching this story unfold."
KEITH OLBERMANN (MSNBC Reporter)
"We were told the Secretary of State has cut short her vacation and made it back to her office just four days after New Orleans was besieged, just a day after she reportedly saw a comedy on Broadway in New York City."
ANDERSON COOPER (CNN Reporter)
Exchange between Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and he....
"Does the federal government bear responsibility for what is happening now? Should they apologize for what is happening now?" Cooper opened.
As if campaigning before the local Democratic Ladies' Club lunch, Landrieu sing-songed back, "Anderson, there will be plenty of time to discuss all of those issues, about why, and how, and what, and if." She went on to thank President Bush, President Clinton, former President Bush, Senators Frist and Reid, and "all leaders that are coming to Louisiana, and Mississippi, and Alabama, "for their help.
Her condescending filibuster continued: "Anderson, tonight, I don't know if you've heard—maybe you all have announced it—but Congress is going to an unprecedented session to pass a $10 billion supplemental bill tonight to keep FEMA and the Red Cross up and operating."
Cooper suspended the traditional TV rules of decorum and, approaching tears of fury, said:
Excuse me, Senator, I'm sorry for interrupting. I haven't heard that, because, for the last four days, I've been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi. And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated.
And when they hear politicians slap—you know, thanking one another, it just, you know, it kind of cuts them the wrong way right now, because literally there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman had been laying in the street for 48 hours. And there's not enough facilities to take her up.
Do you get the anger that is out here? …
I mean, I know you say there's a time and a place for, kind of, you know, looking back, but this seems to be the time and the place. I mean, there are people who want answers, and there are people who want someone to stand up and say, "You know what? We should have done more. Are all the assets being brought to bear?"
Landrieu kept her cool, probably because she's in Baton Rouge, while the stink of corpses caused Cooper to tremble in rage all the way to the commercial break.
PAT ROBERTSON (Man of God!!!)
According to Pat, Ellen Degeneres' homosexuality is like the butterfly flapping its wings eventually creating a storm. In case you're confused, he's talking about her hosting the Tony Awards.
“By choosing an avowed lesbian for this national event, these Hollywood elites have clearly invited God’s wrath,” Robertson said on “The 700 Club” on Sunday. “Is it any surprise that the Almighty chose to strike at Miss Degeneres’ hometown?”
Robertson also noted that the last time Degeneres hosted the Emmy’s, in 2001, the September 11 terrorism attacks took place shortly before the ceremony.
“This is the second time in a row that God has invoked a disaster shortly before lesbian Ellen Degeneres hosted the Emmy Awards,” Robertson explained to his approximately one million viewers. “America is waiting for her to apologize for the death and destruction that her sexual deviance has brought onto this great nation.”
“God already allows one awards show to promote the homosexual agenda,” Robertson declared. “But clearly He will not tolerate such sinful behavior to spread beyond the Tonys.”