Skip to comments.Mary Landrieu: School Bus Failure Bush's Fault
Posted on 09/11/2005 8:23:58 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005 10:27 p.m. EDT Mary Landrieu: School Bus Failure Bush's Fault
It was the Bush administration's fault that hundreds of city school buses weren't dispatched to evacuate the hurricane-battered residents of New Orleans two weeks ago before floods swamped the city, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu said Sunday.
Asked on "Fox News Sunday" why New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin failed to follow the city's evacuation plan and press the buses into service, Landrieu blamed Bush administration cuts in mass transit funding.
"Mayor Nagin and most mayors in this country have a hard time getting their people to work on a sunny day, let alone getting them out of the city in front of a hurricane," she said. "And it's because this administration and administrations before them do not understand the difficulties that mayors . . . face." Landrieu then added: "In other words, this administration did not believe in mass transit. They won't even get people to work on a sunny day, let alone getting them out."
Saying she was unwilling to criticize Louisiana officials, the Louisiana Democrat insisted that Mayor Nagin's evacuation efforts had been a smashing success.
"Because the mayor evacuated the city, we had the best evacuation . . . of any evacuation I've seen. I'm 50 years old; I've never seen one any better," Landrieu told FNS.
That prompted FNS host Chris Wallace to remind: "But there were a hundred thousand people left in the city."
Landrieu once again blamed the White House, saying:
"They did [have] a hundred thousand people left in the city because this federal government won't support cities to evacuate people, whether it's from earthquakes, tornadoes, or hurricanes. And that's the truth."
Republicans are out front in demanding more money for social programs, and bailing out those that should suffer the consequences of building and living on a flood plain. This country is not long for this world as a power broker. The fat lady is not only singing, she is on her second encore. Thanks Republicans, for not even believing your own rhetoric of smaller govt, and a return to constitutional limits.
"I like when she danced the sidestep on why the Governor ..."
Now you see me, now you don't LOL!!!!
Wonder if anyone still rents "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"?
She's silly. I don't have much to add, just wanted to try my new tagline.
I just knew it was Bush's fault that all those folks did not have a ride out of town. Now the mystery is solved and there is no need for a commission or hearings. Thanks Mary L.
And the fed. gov. did not have the athority to take over the evacuation because the Gov of LA was sitting on her hands. I say the LA Gov and Mayor were acting on Democrat party orders. What other excuse is there for leaving that many people in such a fix when you don't have to.
Never trust anyone who ends a sentence with "and that's the truth."
Words just fall short. Landrieu is a lying weasel, unworthy of being elected dogcatcher by any group of sane voters.
HA! That's a HOOT! :-)
I'm getting tired of elected democrats pretending that the United States doesn't have a government, that they are not a part of it, and that instead we have some monarchy with the president as king.
Landrieu is also wrong on the facts, but she should have the guts to say "WE failed to fund the cities", since she is part of the government that she says fails us.
"I'm 50 years old; I've never seen one any better,"
that's what living 50 years in a cacoon does
Landrieu lied her way into office, and hopefully, she has just lied her way out. While campaigning in 2002, she lied to the people of Louisiana by telling them about her wonderful working relationship with the President and how she supported him. After the election, they realized she had lied again and she did not support the things she promised to. I wish everyone in Louisiana could have seen her rude performance today. She was 3-D today....dishonest, disgusting and disgraceful.
Landrieu is trying to cover the Democrats butts, long after everyone has seen them mooning us during the whole crisis. Please, quit embarassing yourself, Mary.
Sounds like Vitter is trying to backpedal a little himself.
It's no longer just the feds fault. He must have realized how big a mistake he made by shooting his mouth off and not speaking for his constituents.
This was a great interview. He didn't cut her any slack for spouting her political bull.
I don't have to rent it...I own it!! :)
Actually, she managed in a single interview to both say that the evacuation of New Orleans was a SMASHING SUCCESS, and also to say that the failure of the evacuation was Bush's fault.
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