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Friday, September 02, 2005


AUDIO TAPE AND PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF WWL RADIO INTERVIEW WITH RAY NAGIN 

It doesn't help matters when an elected official is openly weeping and complaining during the course of a radio intervew. New Orleans Mayor Nagin did exactly that at a time when his city needs him most.

What is more alarming is his defeatist rhetoric about the demise of New Orleans. Yes, a disaster occured but now is not the time to lose hope. Many people did die but the vast majority of New Orleans residents survived. A great deal of people did safely evacuate the city.

Instead of being pessimistic, the mayor should sound a note of optimism to a day that New Orleans will rise up again. Most of the people lived through this disaster. The city is still standing.

Yes, it will be a herculean task to clear out the flood but New Orelans is not gone, it is still there.

NAGIN: "You know the reason why the looters got out of control? Because we had most of our resources saving people. Thousands of people. That was stuck in attics, man. Old ladies. When you pull off the doggone ventilator vent and you look down there and they're standing in there, in water up to their freakin' neck.
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I need reinforcements. I need troops, man. I need 500 buses, man. We're talking about, you know, 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. I'm I'm like, you gotta be kidding me, this is a national disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans. They're thinking small, man. And this is a major, major, major deal. And I can't emphasize it enough, man. This is crazy!
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So, what you seen is drug-starving, crazy addicts. Drug addicts that are wreaking havoc. And we don't have the manpower to adequately deal with it.
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This is ridiculous. I don't want to see anybody do anymore goddamn press conferences. Put a moratorium on press conferences. Don't do another press conference until the resources are in this city. And then come down to this city and stand with us when there are military trucks and troops that we can't even count. Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here! They're not here!

I'm at the point now where it don't matter. People are dying. They don't have homes, they don't have jobs. The city of New Orleans will never be the same. And it's time... (crying) ... (2 radio hosts are also crying)... I gotta go ...(crying as he hangs up).


Click here to listen to audio tape of WWL Radio interview with Mayor Ray Nagin, courtesty of MSNBC

Other blogs on the New Orleans Flood story: Michelle Malkin, Outside the Beltway, and Wizbang.

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