Skip to comments.In Nursing Home, a Fight Lost to Rising Waters (Broussard less than truthful on Meet The Press)
Posted on 09/10/2005 7:25:02 AM PDT by jrusty101Edited on 09/11/2005 5:24:32 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
St. Bernard Parish officials say that 32 of the home's roughly 60 residents died on Aug. 29, more than a week ago.
"..And finally, on the question I raised a few days ago about Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussards tearful story about his emergency managers mother drowning in a St. Bernard nursing home, I think the evidence shows pretty clearly that Broussard was embellishing the story. Readers helpfully pointed me to the following news accounts:
New York Times: In nursing home, a fight lost to rising waters.
Newsday: Desperately seeking survivors.
MSNBC: This anger comes from watching death.
From the MSNBC item:
The man he was talking about is Thomas Rodrigue, who told Dateline that his 92-year-old mother was one of 32 elderly people found dead at the St. Ritas nursing home.
"..The man he was talking about is Thomas Rodrigue, who told Dateline that his 92-year-old mother was one of 32 elderly people found dead at the St. Ritas nursing home..."
But the 32 people who died at St. Ritas nursing home didnt die on Friday; they died earlier in the week, when the floodwaters first inundated the low-lying facility. Rather than being attributable to the federal authorities slow response (which was pretty much the point of Broussards version of the story), the death of those senior citizens was more the fault of local authorities (who failed to evacuate them) than of federal officials (who wouldnt have been there in time to rescue them under the best of circumstances).
So, assuming the MSNBC story is accurate, Broussards story was at least significantly embellished. The tear-jerking account of the repeated calls to momma were fictional (or at least were displaced from their actual time of occurrence, which would have to have been before or during the storm, not during the several days afterward when FEMA was MIA). And if that part was fiction, it would mean that Broussard, for all the apparent sincerity in his emotional on-air breakdown, was willing to lie in order to make his story work better as political theater, which in turn makes it harder for me to credit the rest of the slow-FEMA-response anecdotes he described .."
Placing the blame is becoming an art form--a lot of the liberals, but also for some conservatives too.
Wonder if life insurance came into play. Hate to even think that, but with the lies flying it makes me suspicious.
It's starting to look like there were a lot of people who were dishonest.
The Democrats are evil and desperate and they know there are enough uneducated people watching T.V. that they can say and do anything. They also know the MSM will not challenge them on their lies. America is in dire straights between an activist judicial system,and evil Democrat Party,a corrupt MSM and a Republican Party that fails to challenge their lies.
Good moral people had better arm themselves to the hilt and prepare to fight we in the US are in the process of having our country overthrown from within!
And we hope that catching them at it will as well. So, Timmy Russert and Don Imus, you idiots, it is obvious that the blinding hatred has reached the top.
I saw a story on ABC news a couple of days ago about this. The county coroner told the reporter how he showed up with two buses to evacuate the nursing home on Saturday (27) or sunday (28) to evacuate all of the people there. The manager said that she had permission from the families of the patients to keep them there because they could ride out the storm just like previous ones. The coroner told the manager that he could take the people then, but not guarantee being able tocome back. The coroner said that the manager called him monday morning saying the place was flooding, but by then the hurricane was in full force and he was unable to return from whereever he had evacuated to. The manager was one of those who drowned.
The MSM is doing whatever it can to deflect attention from the criminal actions of Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco. The pride of these two in not accepting federal aid or advice when offered the Friday before the hurricane ultimately killed many people.
DEMOCRATS' PRIDE, PEOPLE DIED!
This must be the most successful humanitarian rescue effort in history. This nonsense is like the 6 minutes the president kept reading to children when first informed of the WTC attacks. A manufactured bit of inconsequential nonsense. And conservatives need to go after them for it.
It appears that the "Calvary" was there and on the job, Broussard.
Will some republican in high power PLEASE get up and call out the democrat left wing for being the irresponsible,opportunistic, and hate mongering liars they are.
I do agree with you. Politicians are milking this for all it's worth. I think the rescue operation is going to be much more successful than anyone ever imagined. Let's learn what went right and what went wrong. There's too much bickering.
Yep, listen to Hannity for ten minutes then switch to Randi Rhodes for five (about all one can take); it's like Junior High School kids with a feud...loud, ugly and illogically partisan with every mis-informed breath.
They did explain why it happened, it was Bush's fault. That is the standard line and they are running with it along with their press whores.
I know you're sincere but again I say not good enough. The president did nothing wrong and is being called a racist murderer. You don't allow crazy charges like that to have legs. You cut the legs out from under them. Forcefully.
That's what I meant. We don't have to resort to liberal-type tactics or behavior to make our points or to do something about the problem without the name calling and constant finger-pointing. I like those guys that show up to counteract the Code Pink people (one of the liberal groups that I really just don't like).
Gross--cutting legs:) Yes, you do, but you do in a way that makes them look bad and you look good. The Savior was a complete master at it--he was always in control while the Pharisees and Saduccees (sp) always looked like raving lunatics.
Yep, if the truth is on your side use it, not screaming hyperbole, to refute your enemies.
He had the same fake expressions and tears as Cindy Sheehan. A good number of the Dems' friends are sociopaths who pretend emotion, in order to get what they want.
Speaking of fakes...
Terry Ebbert, head of the New Orleans Department of Homeland Security angrily asked why we could help tsunami victims but we couldn't help the flooded folks of New Orleans.
Ebbert neglected to mention that two or three days before his "angry" outburst, he was assuring the world that the levee breach could be fixed in a few hours and the waters were only rising slowly.
Well, it worked didn't it.
I fail to understand why those on the right continue to pretend we are winning.
Even Rush is delusional, (or maybe he is just trying to buck us up).
I have said for years that we need to go on the offense with the MSM, reporter by reporter, and ruin them.
How long will we continue to cower?
Yep, if the truth is on your side use it, not screaming hyperbole, to refute your enemies.
Exactly. Present your side and let the other side scream. You'll be the better person and people will see that.
I think President Bush has done a good job doing that and the American people aren't blaming him, thank goodness, but those who are are looking stupider with each passing day.
From the first source I found:
Now, with the Gulf Coast mired in a crisis more typical of the Third World, where is the social contract? "We have been abandoned by our own country," said Aaron Broussard, president of Louisiana's Jefferson Parish. Broussard told the now oft-repeated tale of a city employee's mother trapped inside St. Rita's Nursing Home near New Orleans. She called her son for days, asking if rescuers were coming.
"And he said, 'Yeah, mama, somebody's coming to get you. Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday.' And she drowned Friday night."
He's been busted by the Feds and will probably end up in jail.
They should add on some fraud charges for that pathetic crying scene he tried to perform.
Deflection from his troubles....or since he's running for re-election he's trying to make sure he wins.
< ... Snip > Mr. Broussard recalled he told her somebodys coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebodys coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebodys coming to get you on Friday. And she drowned Friday night, sobbed the parish president, breaking down. She drowned on Friday night.
Choking back tears, he pressed on, ignoring the interjections of moderator Tim Russert. Nobodys coming to get her, nobodys coming to get her: The secretarys promise, everybodys promise. Theyve had press conferences Im sick of the press conferences. For Gods sakes, shut up and send somebody. His raw frustration with the plodding, inept response of the federal government to the cataclysmic nightmare on the Gulf Coast was palpable.
President Bush, who waited two days after Katrina landed and a day after levee breaks drowned New Orleans to leave his Texas ranch and follow the federal response from Washington, proclaimed that in America, we do not abandon our fellow citizens in their hour of need. But those who were abandoned believe otherwise.
Families of the very young and very old who succumbed to the abandonment know better. A quarter of New Orleans 480,000 residents who live below the poverty line and had to fend for themselves when all hell broke loose know better.
Four years ago the government got a wake-up call about how unprepared it was to handle the worst. A huge bureaucracy called the Department of Homeland Security was formed and tens of billions of taxpayer dollars were spent to beef up the nations disaster response system. Never again would the federal government bungle its way through the worst wrought by man or nature.
Then Katrina hit and destroyed that myth. Unlike 9/11, the government knew a powerful hurricane had its eye on New Orleans in time to prepare for a worst-case scenario. For years it knew how vulnerable the citys levee system was to unpredictable hurricane forces.
Yet when Katrinas floodwaters breached New Orleans levees and drowned the city, federal disaster officials were watching from afar like the rest of us. Only after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff noted that it looked as if an atomic bomb had been dropped on the Big Easy did a sweeping relief effort swing into action. But everything was a day (or days) late and a dollar (or dollars) short.
Bureaucratic red tape tangled rescue and relief operations from Alabama to Mississippi and down to Louisiana. By the time logistics could be figured out and emergency operations enacted, people were dead or dying who might have survived if the threat of impending disaster had been taken seriously.
The anarchy and chaos that rocked places where people had nothing to lose after days of no food, water, shelter, or communication might have been mitigated if the government hadnt waited until after the levees broke to organize resources, search and rescue missions, and massive evacuations.
Instead, the world watched in stunned disbelief as the last remaining superpower appeared powerless to help untold thousands, now called refugees, who were stuck in hot, stinking, dark arenas with nowhere to go and no way to get there.
Out of the prolonged suffering of those waiting desperately to be saved from the worst came a harsh realization. After all the talk about improving national security through heightened awareness and coordination of responsible agencies, the government cant bail anyone out.
It has no more and maybe less capability to protect the public than it did on Sept. 11, 2001. Four years after violent disaster hobbled the homeland with numbing ferocity, the United States appears as impotent as it was then to effectively safeguard its citizens from utter devastation.
A couple more references to Broussard's crocodile tears:
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After the hurricane hit, everyone was pretty sure that NO had dodged a bullet. However, it was patently obvious to all that Mississippi and Alabama had not. By far the greater devistation was in Mississippi. They were assured by the locals that the levees were holding and turned to the rescue operations and to getting aid to the people in MS and AL. The locals should have been more than able to get the people out of NO.
By Tuesday, when the levees broke ( a day AFTER the hurricane) assets that were pointed toward the greater hit areas had to be turned back to NO. Because of the ineptness of the LA authorities, the people of MS were denied the relief they had a right to expect because all assets were turning to LA.
The MSM is going to have a lot to answer for in the coming days. They have outright lied, ignored their fellow Americans, and have failed to dig into the real cause of the confusion. Like WHY was the plan filed with FEMA not followed?
Throw a rock at a pack of dogs, the one that yelps got hit.
Uh, pubbies Lott, Levitte and Jindal already have, it is all Bush's fault.
Without a text or well rehearsed mantra, Hannity is a loser. That boy is slower than molasses in January when it comes to thinking fast on his feet.
"The MSM is going to have a lot to answer for in the coming days. They have outright lied, ignored their fellow Americans, and have failed to dig into the real cause of the confusion. Like WHY was the plan filed with FEMA not followed?"
To get answers, someone must ask the questions, and it ain't gonna happen. In the aftermath, if a prominent pubbie starts to, the lefty MSM mantra is already in place to shoot him down as playing the blame game, it is time to move on, yadda, yadda, yadda ya.
There is no screaming hyperbole here. The president has been accused of allowing people to die because he doesn't like their race. He has been called aracist murderer. That charge is absurd and irresponsible, and he should say that forcefully.
BROUSSAND....LIAR LIAR TAIL ON FIRE....
Please explain. Sounds like it might be good news, but it's not clear.
Good point. Where's the media investigating Broussard's story?
If they died before the end of August, the checks that came in September would have to be returned. If they died in September, Broussard could keep the checks.
Anything is possible, huh???
You also need to find the real deal on the nursing home bullchit he talked about...fabricated totally. Katrina Threads, you'll find several articles here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=katrina Here's one of them: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1481717/posts
What does that have to do with hannity sounding like the flip side of randi rhodes?
Yes, we're writing, but very few of the "lefty local newspapers" are going to print these truths.
Some will and some won't. Mine here will. Advertisements are another wa--payed out collectively.
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