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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Hurricane Katrina W.T.F's

Mind-Numbingly Stupid Quotes About Hurricane Katrina And Its
Aftermath:

The most hideous in my opinion is 12, although they are all hideous things to say.

1) "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
-President Bush, on "Good Morning America," Sept. 1, 2005, six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina


2) "What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (chuckle) - this is working very well for them."
-Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the Hurricane flood evacuees in the Houston Astrodome, Sept. 5, 2005


3) "It makes no sense to spend billions of dollars to rebuild a city that's seven feet under sea level....It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed."
-House Speaker Dennis Hastert

4) "We've got a lot of rebuilding to do ... 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)
-President Bush, touring hurricane damage, Mobile, Ala.,
Sept. 2, 2005


5) "Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans, virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going relatively well."
-FEMA Director Michael Brown, Sept. 1, 2005


6) "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."
-President Bush, to FEMA director Michael Brown, while touring Hurricane-ravaged Mississippi,
Sept. 2, 2005


7) "I have not heard a report of thousands of people in the convention center who don't have food and water."
-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, on NPR's "All Things Considered," Sept. 1, 2005


8) "Well, I think if you look at what actually happened, I remember on Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines, 'New Orleans Dodged the Bullet.' Because if you recall, the storm moved to the east and then continued on and appeared to pass with considerable damage but nothing worse."
-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, blaming media coverage for his failings, "Meet the Press," Sept. 4, 2005


9) "I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving."
-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sept. 6, 2005


10) "You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals...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."
-CNN's Wolf Blitzer, on New Orleans' hurricane evacuees, Sept. 1, 2005


11) "What didn't go right?'"
-President Bush, as quoted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), after she urged him to fire FEMA Director Michael Brown "because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right" in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort


12) "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?"
-House Majority Leader Tom Delay , to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston


13) "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."
-Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA) to lobbyists, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal


14) "Louisiana is a city that is largely under water."
-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, news conference, Sept. 3, 2005


15) "I also want to encourage anybody who was affected by Hurricane Corina to make sure their children are in school."
-First Lady Laura Bush, twice wrongly refering to "Hurricane Katrina" as "Hurricane
Corina" while speaking to children and parents in South Haven, Mississippi, Sept. 8, 2005


16) "It's totally wiped out. ... It's devastating, it's got to be doubly devastating on the ground."
-President Bush, turning to his aides while surveying Hurricane Katrina flood damage from Air Force One, Aug. 31, 2005


17) "I believe the town where I used to come from Houston, Texas, to enjoy myself, occasionally too much - will be that very same town, that it will be a better place to come to."
-President Bush, on the tarmac at the New Orleans airport, Sept. 2, 2005


18) "Last night, we showed you the full force of a superpower government going to the rescue."
-MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Sept. 1, 2005


19) "You know I talked to Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi yesterday because some people were saying, 'Well, if you hadn't sent your National Guard to Iraq, we here in Mississippi would be better off.' He told me 'I've been out in the field every single day, hour, for four days and no one, not one single mention of the word Iraq.' Now where does that come from? Where does that story come from if the governor is not picking up one word about it? I don't know. I can use my imagination."
-Former President George Bush, who can give his imagination a rest, interview with CNN's Larry King, Sept. 5, 2005


20) "We just learned of the convention center - we being the federal government - today."
-FEMA Director Michael Brown, to ABC's Ted Koppel, Sept. 1, 2005, to which Koppel responded " Don't you guys watch television? Don't you guys listen to the radio? Our reporters have been reporting on it for more than just today."


21) "I don't want to alarm everybody that, you know, New Orleans is filling up like a bowl. That's just not happening."
-Bill Lokey, FEMA's New Orleans coordinator, in a press briefing from Baton Rouge, Aug. 30, 2005


22) "FEMA is not going to hesitate at all in this storm. We are not going to sit back and make this a bureaucratic process. We are going to move fast, we are going to move quick, and we are going to do whatever it takes to help disaster victims."
-FEMA Director Michael Brown, Aug. 28, 2005


23) "I don't make judgments about why people chose not to leave but, you know, there was a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans."
-FEMA Director Michael Brown, arguing that the victims bear some responsibility, CNN interview, Sept. 1, 2005


24) "I understand there are 10,000 people dead. It's terrible. It's tragic. But in a democracy of 300 million people, over years and years and years, these things happen."
-GOP strategist Jack Burkman, on MSNBC's "Connected," Sept. 7, 2005

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