Skip to comments.Democrat Head of Jefferson Parish Accuses Federal Government of "Murdering" Thousands
Posted on 09/05/2005 5:34:30 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
I just caught an interview on CNN of Aaron Broussard, a Democrat who is the President of Jefferson Parish, Lousiana.
The essence of his rant was that the federal government in general and FEMA in particular are "covering their butts" by concealing the number of dead.
At one point Broussard said, verbatim, that FEMA was trying to hide the fact that they had "murdered" thousands of people through their bureaucratic incompetence.
This is how the Democrats will try to exploit this tragedy.
A couple sidenotes: given his claim that there was an astronomical number of dead, the CNN interviewer asked him to estimate the number.
Broussard refused, saying his priority was on helping the survivors. Of course that is EXACTLY the same thing FEMA and the federal government are saying and doing, but apparently what is sauce for the Democrat goose is not sauce for the GOP gander.
Second, the CNN interviewere did not call Broussard on his outrageous accusation that the Bush administration had "murdered" thousands of its citizens. Not one peep, not one reference to his slander. The interviewer simply bade him a fond farewell with thanks for his appearance.
CNN ping to the Today show ping list. A Democrat accuses Bush administration of "murdering" thousands in Louisana.
The Lousiana area needs to be turned into a temporary regional military area under military disaster recovery procedures run by Giuliani, Schwartzkopf or Colin Powell. Blanco, Nagin, and now this unbalanced chap can sit by on the sidelines and watch the response, and get counseling.
Bless your heart
Sounds very much like Broussard is trying desparately to cover his butt. As president, it's his job to see that there's not only a plan in effect, but also that it's carried out to protect his people. Sorry, Bro, but the buck stops at your feet.
Let them all scream and make asses of themselves now. As the facts come out, I believe the most damning material will be about the local and state authorities, although the Bushies will not look particularly good.
Isn't this the guy who refused to let the Red Cross into his Parrish because it was too dangerous due to the gangsters?
Did I get that right?
Democrat foot in mouth disease. Hillary'd better be careful as she demands a 9/11 type commission to assign blame.
Murder? That's a strong allegation and they better have plenty proof of that because the local Gov and Mayor of N.O. LA may just be the "murderers" after all is said and done.
"This man needs to be removed from office."
Yup, that goes for many "elected" officials in La.
Repeating falsehoods over and over (that FEMA failed miserably) does not change the reality that it was the LOCAL officials who did not follow their own evacuation plans and use the means available to them in those golden hours before the fury of the storm struck. And with the attention showered on New Orleans and surrounding areas, much-needed assistance was diverted from other much less densely populated areas, that suffered proportionately even more damage than that singular stretch of swampland (that never should have been built on) on the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
Isn't this the same useless twit that was on Meet The Press whining about how his own emergency manager kept telling his mother that "help was on the way" and then responded by waiting for the feds instead of organizing his own damned rescue?
Absolutely disgraceful. I had to turn off my TV before I threw a brick at it.
Yes you did get that right. I have been appalled by the total abdication of leadership and responsibility by the local democrats in LA, especially that lousy mayor. He IS the mayor of NO for heavens sake. Governor Blanco was in over her head until she issued a shoot to kill order and hired Witt the former FEMA director.
"Did I get that right?"
Nice! Thanks for the info.
Sounds like Broussard is trying to distract attention from his criminal problems by literally screaming murder.
This bawling clown is under investigation for embezzling funds already, and that's before the feds look into what happened to the FEMA preparedness funds. That story he was blubbering about on CNN about the old lady "drownding" (LA parish presidents don't have to speak English) in the nursing home sounds very fishy since the water wasn't rising after it reached the level of Lake Pontchartrain on Thurs. Wonder who drowned her on Friday night? It wasn't Pres. Bush.
Another trend dem losers weeping on TV
We started another of our brand new, long standing family traditions today...Going to Cracker Barrel for Labor Day Breakfast. ( I recommend it!)
So I missed this morning's CNN Soledad O'Brien interviewing Mayor Nagin. Here it is:
"CNN's Soledad O'Brien spoke with the mayor who is seething at the lack of an effective state and federal response to Katrina's aftermath.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
MAYOR RAY NAGIN, NEW ORLEANS: And what the state was doing, I don't freaking know. But I'll 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.
SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What day did you go? When did you say that? When did you say...
NAGIN: Whenever Air Force One was here.
NAGIN: And that this was after I called him on the telephone two days earlier. And I said, Mr. President and Madam Governor, you two need to get together on the same page, because the lack of coordination, people are dying in my city.
O'BRIEN: That's two days ago you said?
NAGIN: They both shook. I don't know the exact day. 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. There were 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.
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. He said, Mr. Mayor, I offered two options to the governor. I said -- and I don't remember exactly what they were, two options. I was ready to move today. The governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision.
O'BRIEN: You're telling me the president told you the governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision? NAGIN: Yes.
O'BRIEN: Regarding what, bringing troops in?
NAGIN: Whatever they had discussed. As far as what the chain -- I was advocating a clear chain of command so that we could get resources flowing in the right places.
O'BRIEN: And the governor said, no, according to the...
NAGIN: She said that she needed 24 hours to make a decision. It would have been great if we could have 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.
END VIDEO CLIP)"
I also thought CNN did a good job at the beginning, and I can't say I've been monitoring them systematically for bias, but it does seem to be creeping in.
I caught an interview of former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, a New Orleans native, by Wolf Blitzer yesterday, and Wolf was trying to lure him into agreeing with black congressmen's allegations that racism was behind a slow response to Katrina.
To his credit, Young would not be drawn in.
" the CNN interviewere did not call Broussard on his outrageous accusation that the Bush administration had "murdered" thousands of its citizens"
Heck, why should he? Some idiot on t.v. with Mike Myers the other day (nbc, I think) named Kanyeah (sp?) went off about the war in iraq and concluded that the President is a murderer, all on live TV for a relief effort plug. Disgusting.
I don't know about that. Witt was already on Team Blanco, played a role in the (failed) contingency plans, and is already in the MSM-enabled CYA/deflect position.
I think that is worth a "copy and Paste":
NEW ORLEANS -- Two more Jefferson Parish officials are being drawn into the corruption probe dubbed Operation Wrinkled Robe, according to a newspaper report.
The Times-Picayune reports that investigators have issued subpoenas to Parish President Aaron Broussard and 24th District Judge Kernan "Skip" Hand.
The story says the subpoenas are related to political donations made by Bail Bonds Unlimited to Hand's campaigns.
Last month, Judge Alan Green was convicted of mail fraud as a result of the ongoing investigation.
He was caught by FBI video surveillance taking an envelope stuffed with money from a Bail Bonds Unlimited employee
This interview encapsulates EXACTLY what the problem is that state and WHY Hurricane Katrina became such a huge disaster there. Will anyone get it? Fat chance.
CYA all the way..
This guy's story sounds fishy.
They were able to talk to that officials mother for 4 days and none of them could hop in a boat and go pick her up?
I saw that interview and this guy was trying to absolve the LA Governor and blame this entirely on the Federal Government.
I figured he was a Democrat, but now the confirmation of it proves that this guy was put up to this. He was reading a script for pete's sake.
Meet the Press was especially bad yesterday.
I am surprised, especially with the elected state officials, that they seem to forget that states are autonomous entities. The FEDS can't come in without the request of the Governor.
And even now, the Governor, apparently, keeps refusing to allow FED agencies to come in and do what needs to be done.
The Governor is apparently more concerned with trying to save her political career than in helping the people who need aid and assistance.
His story is fishy. Anytime a liberal doesn't give you a name you can verify, assume it to be untrue. If your friends mother died, wouldn't you say the poor woman's name or the name of your friend?
Young would not be drawn in.(into playing such a trumping race card?)...Be still my heart.Will wonders never cease?
Young was actually quite good throughout the interview. A pleasant surprise. Now, if Wolf had interviewed Julian Bond . . .
It seemed phone to me when I saw it live.
Now I'm convinced.
It seemed phone to me when I saw it live.
Now I'm convinced.
Please send that over to whomever it is that's keeping a timeline before it gets lost forever.
Right as rain, and the liberal "Constituency" falls for it every time.
These people are not leaders--they are a bunch of shivering pansies.
That Aaron guy had a terribly sad story, to be sure...but that isn't the issue, in my opinion. Leadership should be shown in these times--and crying like a baby on national tv is not a sign of leadership.
They're exploiting it every and any way they can, starting with the absurd position that the storm - or its ferocity, depending on who you're listening to - was caused by Bush not signing the Kyoto Treaty. From there it's a plethora of allegations, from slow response because of all the troops and NG deployed in Iraq, to this.
"Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows." As long as they can make this crap up, it'll keep getting flung about, much as a monkey in a zoo, or for that matter an incarcerated terrorist at Gitmo, flings crap from its cage.
If it were my mother, I'd be on a boat in a heartbeat.
On second thought... I would have never left my mother in that situation.
Something's not right here.
Ahhh! *another* self styled target for the CIA....
Do you suppose that *anyone* other than
possibly the odd agent who came from La...
even has the slightest clue as to who Nagin
or *this* Jonesing drug addict *are*?
"I didn't do it!"
~Sens Bart(ha) Simpson (D-CA, LA, NY, MA, MI, VT, WA...)
And Blanko's answer to the proposal that the Feds take charge, after meeting all night with the Dem machine, was "Hell, no!"
According to the Wapo, the reasoning was that if the Feds succeeded, it would make the local (read state) officials look bad.
Politics triumphs over concern for human life once again.
And the mayor continues to portray himself as the #1 victim of it all.
The statement from U.S. Representative William Jefferson (D-LA) was short and to the point.
"Today, federal law enforcement officers executed search warrants on my Washington, D.C. and New Orleans homes as well as my vehicle in Washington. Subpoenas were issued to me, in my official capacity, to the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and to members of my Washington and New Orleans office staff. I do not know the extent or precise nature of this investigation but I am cooperating fully with the authorities."
The federal authorities are not talking about the reason(s) for the warrants. However, there is speculation that the search specifically relates to Operation Wrinkled Robe, a federal investigation involving Jeffersons brother-in-law Judge Alan Green who was recently convicted.