Guest_ikonboard Posted September 6, 2005 Share Posted September 6, 2005 New Orleans Mayor Slams Governor Blanco for 24-Hour Delay Sep 5, 2005 The blame game for the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is on. Pundits, politicians and anyone with a forum is trying to blame someone for the natural disaster that hit just east of New Orleans one week ago. Much has been made of the rift between President George W. Bush and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. The New Orleans mayor has also been quite outspoken, and he has had plenty to say. On Monday morning the mayor seemed to take sides. He chose President Bush and slammed the Governor for what he called a "24-hour delay" that Blanco needed to make a decision. From CNN: NAGIN: Look, I've gotten promises to -- I can't stand anymore promises. I don't want to hear anymore promises. I want to see stuff done. And that's why I'm so happy that the President came down here, because I think they were feeding him a line of bull also. And they were telling him things weren't as bad as it was. He came down and saw it, and he put a general on the field. His name is General Honore. And when he hit the field, we started to see action. And what the state was doing, I don't frigging know. But I tell you, I am pissed. It wasn't adequate. And then, the President and the Governor sat down. We were in Air Force One. I said, 'Mr. President, Madam Governor, you two have to get in sync. If you don't get in sync, more people are going to die.' S. O'BRIEN: What date was this? When did you say that? When did you say... NAGIN: Whenever air Force One was here. S. O'BRIEN: OK. NAGIN: And this was after I called him on the telephone two days earlier. And I said, 'Mr. President, Madam Governor, you two need to get together on the same page, because of the lack of coordination, people are dying in my city.' S. O'BRIEN: That's two days ago. NAGIN: They both shook -- I don't know the exact date. They both shook their head and said yes. I said, 'Great.' I said, 'Everybody in this room is getting ready to leave.' There was senators and his cabinet people, you name it, they were there. Generals. I said, 'Everybody right now, we're leaving. These two people need to sit in a room together and make a doggone decision right now.' S. O'BRIEN: And was that done? NAGIN: The President looked at me. I think he was a little surprised. He said, "No, you guys stay here. We're going to another section of the plane, and we're going to make a decision." He called me in that office after that. And he said, "Mr. Mayor, I offered two options to the governor." I said -- and I don't remember exactly what. There were two options. I was ready to move today. The governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision. S. O'BRIEN: You're telling me the President told you the Governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision? NAGIN: Yes. S. O'BRIEN: Regarding what? Bringing troops in? NAGIN: Whatever they had discussed. As far as what the -- I was abdicating a clear chain of command, so that we could get resources flowing in the right places. S. O'BRIEN: And the Governor said no. NAGIN: She said that she needed 24 hours to make a decision. It would have been great if we could of left Air Force One, walked outside, and told the world that we had this all worked out. It didn't happen, and more people died. CNN noted that they had put a call into Governor Blanco's office. "They declined to come on our show this morning and talk to us. Her spokesperson did say, though, that it was a -- this was a tragedy now that was being reduced to politics," the transcript notes. Yikes. No wonder Governor Blanco is so angry. If this conversation gets more play, the governor is going to get some well deserved grief from all sides. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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