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Saving the politics for later

This Magazine Staff

“Why the hell can we send troops to Iraq and give Bush a blank check after 9/11 and not save the people of New Orleans?”—Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans, today, throwing away his political career to try and help dying people on the streets of his city.

Here’s some more:

“They don’t have a clue what’s going on down here. They flew down here one time, two days after the event…”

“I give the President some credit on this. He sent one John Wayne dude down here that can get some stuff done. His name is General Honore, and he came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people started moving.”

“I will tell you this, you know, God is looking down on all of this, and if they are not doing everything they can to save people, they are gonna pay the price. Every day that we delay, people are dying, and they’re dying by the hundreds…”

“There is nothing happening, and they are feeding the public a line of bull, and they’re spinning, and people are dying down here.”

“I don’t know whose problem it is. I don’t know whether it’s the Governor’s problem, I don’t know whether it’s the President’s problem, but somebody needs to get their ass on a plane and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out right now.””

“Don’t tell me 40,000 people are coming here. They’re not here. It’s too doggone late. Now get off your asses and let’s do something…””

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