Landrieu Blasts Bush on Katrina Response
by Mike Liddell
Sat Sep 3rd, 2005 at 07:05:42 PM EST
U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., issued the following statement
this afternoon regarding her call yesterday for President Bush to appoint
a cabinet-level official to oversee Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery
efforts within 24 hours.
Sen. Landrieu said:
“Yesterday, I was hoping President Bush would come away
from his tour of the regional devastation triggered by Hurricane Katrina
with a new understanding for the magnitude of the suffering and for the
abject failures of the current Federal Emergency Management Agency. 24 hours
later, the President has yet to answer my call for a cabinet-level official
to lead our efforts. Meanwhile, FEMA, now a shell of what it once was, continues
to be overwhelmed by the task at hand.
“I understand that the U.S. Forest Service had water-tanker
aircraft available to help douse the fires raging on our riverfront, but
FEMA has yet to accept the aid. When Amtrak offered trains to evacuate significant
numbers of victims – far more efficiently than buses – FEMA
again dragged its feet. Offers of medicine, communications equipment and
other desperately needed items continue to flow in, only to be ignored by
“But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the
breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the
President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to
get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical
spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that
yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo
opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning
reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment. The good and decent people
of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast – black and white, rich
and poor, young and old – deserve far better from their national government.
“Mr. President, I’m imploring you once again to
get a cabinet-level official stood up as soon as possible to get this entire
operation moving forward regionwide with all the resources – military
and otherwise – necessary to relieve the unmitigated suffering and
economic damage that is unfolding.”
Today’s aerial tour of the 17th Street levee will be
featured tomorrow on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Later,
Sen. Landrieu will also appear on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
Ask Senator Landrieu if she can find out if this is true too:
If he could go to Baghdad, why didn't Bush go to the New Orleans
Superdome or the Convention Center? It was bizarre for all of the country
and much of the world to be watching those scenes for days on our TVs and
news reports, and for Bush's photo ops to be in areas that were far less
critical. I know there are security considerations but his visit seemed
extraordinarily hollow even by this administration's standard of ultra-stage
Dutch viewer Frank Tiggelaar writes:
There was a striking dicrepancy between the CNN International
report on the Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone, yesterday, and
reports of the same event by German TV.
ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely
staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point
Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the
president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were
allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time.
The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves,
by TripleJ63 on Sat Sep 3rd, 2005 at 11:20:38 PM EST
Re: Landrieu Blasts Bush on Katrina Response (none / 0)
My sister in Germany told me that a German reporter near Biloxi
described how Bush landed in an area where absolutely nothing was happening.
Rescue workers and their dogs had to stop looking for survivors
to drive a few miles to where Bush would land and put on a show for the
TV cameras. A few minutes after Bush left, the area was once again deserted,
people could go back to doing their jobs.
by Christine on Mon Sep 5th, 2005 at 02:13:11 AM EST
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