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Mary Landrieu: School Bus Failure Bush's Fault
newsmax.com ^ | Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005 10:27 p.m. EDT

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."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: blamegame; katrina; landrieu; nicetry; yeahthatstheticket
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To: MarkL
"Besides, Bush hid the keys to all the busses!"

I KNEW there had to be a logical explanation. < /sarcasm >

201 posted on 09/12/2005 6:24:50 AM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile.)
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To: Fresh Wind
And that's the truth. That statement coming from a rat politician is about a believable as a used car salesman telling you he's honest.

It's like my Dad always taught me, when somebody starts a sentence with "I've got to be honest with you...", you can bet they aren't being honest.

202 posted on 09/12/2005 6:27:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: InvisibleChurch
"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.

Please forgive me for asking as I can't locate my Handbook on Political Correctness, but are we allowed to make fun of the mentally ill caused by generations of in-breeding?

203 posted on 09/12/2005 6:27:45 AM PDT by Condor51 (Leftists are moral and intellectual parasites - Standing Wolf)
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To: InvisibleChurch

"Mayor Nagin and most mayors in this country have a hard time getting their people to work on a sunny day"

That sure doesn't say much for all those city employees. She sure knocked them bad. So all these city employees are a bunch of loafers and they can't get any work out of them.


204 posted on 09/12/2005 6:28:11 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: FarmerW; Budge; PeaceBeWithYou; nicmarlo
"I think you have the answer to the next evacuation. Just tell the Dems all the people they bus out can vote when they get off the bus."

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I'm truly amazed that someone didn't think of this sooner.

205 posted on 09/12/2005 6:28:32 AM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

she is a witch!


206 posted on 09/12/2005 6:31:05 AM PDT by JFC ( President Bush, You are being prayed for along with our country daily, by millions of us.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

"Landrieu blamed Bush administration cuts in mass transit funding."

Here the liberals go again with their "cuts in funding" being the issue. I guess Nagin's incompetence wasn't at all to blame.


207 posted on 09/12/2005 6:32:00 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Loyal Buckeye

They don't have any explanation for how the money was spent either. All they have is spin . . . and its pretty thin spin at that. Racism is their trump card and they'll keep trying to drive that wedge. This has been such a dispicable episode. It makes it hard not to lose faith.


208 posted on 09/12/2005 6:34:32 AM PDT by jayef
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To: InvisibleChurch
What's the feminine of "moonbat"?

Moonbatieu?

BTW, isn't her corrupt ex-mayor father called "Moon" Landrieu?

Hmm, we may be on to something here.

Leni

209 posted on 09/12/2005 6:35:02 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: RegulatorCountry
school buses apparently were deemed demeaning or something by Mayor Nagin after the fact, because they lacked air conditioning and did not have bathrooms

Ah yes, so it was much better to send everyone to an un-airconditioned Superdome where the toilets backed up and people were breathing in the stench of raw sewage. /sarc

Great post, btw.

210 posted on 09/12/2005 6:37:03 AM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: guitfiddlist; hoboken109

I love your idea too.

That interview was infuriating. These people cannot continue to get a pass on their ridiculous claims.


211 posted on 09/12/2005 6:40:19 AM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: cwb
"I knew Demorats didn't believe in state's rights...I just didn't know they would take it this far."

I heard Blanco herself admit that she didn't want to give the federal government that much power when the president WANTED to intervene, so as far as I'm concerned, the biggest part of the burden falls on her shoulders. These idiot democRATs thought that all they had to do once they were in office was to sit back and think up ways to separate working people from their money to misappropriate for their own pet projects (not the least of which is their own reelection campaigns), and to enjoy the perks and power that their office affords them. Imagine their surprise to discover that they are actually expected to possesss some leadership qualities and to EARN their fat paychecks.

212 posted on 09/12/2005 6:40:54 AM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile.)
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To: Jorge

BTTT


213 posted on 09/12/2005 6:41:31 AM PDT by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
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.

Just think. If the Bush Admin had provided more funding for mass transit, there would have been two hundred more buses in New Orleans sitting in flood waters, useless.

215 posted on 09/12/2005 6:43:16 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: Jorge

No, she's a Democrat!


216 posted on 09/12/2005 6:43:23 AM PDT by W04Man (Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign We Did It! NOW.... PLEASE STAY THE COURSE!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
"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.

Now we know where those silly mushrooms went!

217 posted on 09/12/2005 6:46:03 AM PDT by patriot_wes (papal infallibility - a proud tradition since 1869)
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To: wilmington2
So is her father, the ex-mayor and her brother, the current lieutenant governor.

More
218 posted on 09/12/2005 6:46:27 AM PDT by Beckwith (The liberal press has picked sides ... and they have sided with the Islamofascists)
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To: spunkets
They claimed he stole the bus for one thing.

Inasmuch as there are NOPD cruisers likewise in Houston, driven there by NOPD officers who did NOT return and assist in the emergency, I think any prosecutor alleging "theft" has a serious sanity problem to address. This is not to say that one or more might try to cause that young man grief, but I suspect any such attempt would not only be extremely stupid, but downright hazardous to the prosecutor who attempted it...

the infowarrior

219 posted on 09/12/2005 6:47:03 AM PDT by infowarrior (TANSTAAFL)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Every municipal worker in the country needs to take note. Landrieu stated that the city could not depend on municipal workers to drive the buses or anything else because the city can't even get them to work on a sunny day never mind prior to an impending hurricane. Therefor Bush is at fault because according to her every municipal worker across the country is not dependable and Bush should have known that.
220 posted on 09/12/2005 6:48:43 AM PDT by JIM O
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To: InvisibleChurch

Court ordered desegragation (bussing) is still in effect. Since it is, that means that there is more than enough money to operate ALL of the school busses, that now sit under water, in NOLA. Cuts in mass transit is yet another BS excuse in an evergrowing list of BS excuses. Nagin's Navy sat idle, awaiting the flood waters that would render them useless. Nagin and Landrieu should be held on numerous counts of premeditated murder for knowingly avoiding the use of any and all measures to evacuate the citizens (read: voting base) of the two perps. I'm not holding my breath waiting for them to take the perp walk.


221 posted on 09/12/2005 6:50:01 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (ISLAM IS A CULT. IT MUST BE ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH!)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Every time a Louisiana Democrat opens his or her mouth, the total I.Q. of the Eastern United States drops a point and a half. If people hadn't died here, and if all Americans weren't going to be stuck with the bill, this would be the best comedy of the new season.

All too true John, and at this point I am alternately moved to guffaws of derision, and tears of despair at what our nation is becoming...

the infowarrior

222 posted on 09/12/2005 6:50:17 AM PDT by infowarrior (TANSTAAFL)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I don't recall, has Mary Landrieu authorered any legislation to repair the levees?


223 posted on 09/12/2005 6:50:37 AM PDT by IamConservative (The true character of a man is revealed in what he does when no one is looking.)
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To: Impeach the Boy
Mary tells these little lies
She acts as white as snow
But everywhere that Mary goes
Her horns are sure to grow

Leni

224 posted on 09/12/2005 6:55:31 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: JFC

"...she is a witch!..."

You misspelled the last word.


225 posted on 09/12/2005 6:55:33 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (ISLAM IS A CULT. IT MUST BE ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH!)
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To: hoboken109
"Politicians have now become the lowest life form on earth ."

They couldn't have gotten there without their media enablers, so what does that make THEM?

226 posted on 09/12/2005 6:59:47 AM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile.)
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To: TAdams8591

I saw her too. She seemed to be dumbfounded that
Chris that he didn't let her get away with everything.


227 posted on 09/12/2005 7:05:01 AM PDT by meema
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To: Tired_of_the_nonsense

BTTT!!!


228 posted on 09/12/2005 7:07:39 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: infowarrior

>>>This is not to say that one or more might try to cause that young man grief, but I suspect any such attempt would not only be extremely stupid, but downright hazardous to the prosecutor who attempted it...

::setting up a google news alert for updates on Gibbons::

We will give all necessary assistance, freeping, blogging, editorials, faxing, phone calls, add in any ideas to make it a political/publicity nightmare if they try to charge him.


229 posted on 09/12/2005 7:11:38 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: infowarrior

What a darn shame. Jabbar Gibson doesn't even come up in
Google news and only a few blogs pull when he is put in a search engine.

Just horrible how the media has not lent him the more than 15 minutes of fame he has earned.


230 posted on 09/12/2005 7:21:35 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: TWohlford
The problem w/ NOLA government is that there wasn't enough time to organize graft and bribes and kickbacks to insure that things actually worked. Rest assured, if there would've been money in it, the people would've had buses.

I'm beginning to think this might actually be the case.

231 posted on 09/12/2005 7:28:05 AM PDT by TX Bluebonnet
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To: InvisibleChurch

Anyone who didn't realize Sen Lashlarue is an idiot before those asinine answers, surely know it now, unless they are idiots too.


232 posted on 09/12/2005 7:35:41 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Must applicants for positions of authority in LA , possess IQs of single digits or less?)
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To: F.J. Mitchell

BTTT


233 posted on 09/12/2005 7:44:31 AM PDT by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I almost fell off my couch when she said "Chris those buses are under water".. REALLY!?!? They weren't on Sunday, Mary.

Mary, Mary, why ya buggin?


234 posted on 09/12/2005 7:45:59 AM PDT by soundandvision
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To: meema

I think she was surprised that he doggedly pursued REAL answers to his questions, particularly the one about the buses.


235 posted on 09/12/2005 7:53:00 AM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: soundandvision

Deservedly that point made her look like the STUPIS IDIOT that she is.


236 posted on 09/12/2005 7:54:17 AM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: TAdams8591

That's stupid!


237 posted on 09/12/2005 7:54:46 AM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: sweetliberty

Quite ironic, isn't it? Here we have a state governor who refused to relinquish control because she wanted to protect her state's sovereignty...and now, because of her incompetence, we have a bunch of politicians who are going to want to give the feds even more power and responsibility. What's so sad is that this is already part of the problem; the more responsibilities the federal government assumes, the less responsible the state and people become. I can't imagine the other state governors are too happy with Miss Blanco and the mediacrats antics over this crisis.


238 posted on 09/12/2005 8:30:43 AM PDT by cwb (Liberalism is the opiate of the *asses)
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To: aworldtrader

Thanks : )


239 posted on 09/12/2005 8:38:12 AM PDT by aworldtrader
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To: InvisibleChurch
Saying she was unwilling to criticize Louisiana Democrat officials,...

There. That's better.

240 posted on 09/12/2005 8:42:50 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: MeekOneGOP; backhoe; doug from upland; goldstategop

"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 [the corrupt senator] said.

The senator degenerated down to insulting all government workers in the US!!!! It was a slap in the face of every heroic fire fighter, police officer, etc in the country!

[I heard Laura Ingraham dissect this along these lines-- outstanding.]


241 posted on 09/12/2005 8:44:34 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (To Defeat Terror, Do what Others are Scared to Ponder)
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To: All

Considering the quote on Post 241, I have to ask what other senators think? Does Hillary agree with her, for example? Does Hillary think that the government workers in New York, for example, deserve that venomous insult? What about Chuckie Schumer? Does he agree? And Lousyburg from New Jersey, for that matter?


242 posted on 09/12/2005 8:48:05 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (To Defeat Terror, Do what Others are Scared to Ponder)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

Landrieu, Blanco and Nagin are just trying to blame Bush and the magnificent federal response, and trying not think about the reality that it was all their fault and their political careers will likely end when their next re-elections beign.


243 posted on 09/12/2005 8:48:49 AM PDT by Allen H (Remember 9-11,God bless our military,Pres.Bush,& the USA!)
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To: Allen H

How is it that a state full of Democrats, free to pursue their own enlightened policies, had a city full of poor people who couldn't flee a disaster?


244 posted on 09/12/2005 8:51:32 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Allen H

New tag line:


245 posted on 09/12/2005 8:59:26 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March ("...most mayors in this country have a hard time getting their people to work on a sunny day...")
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To: usaproud
President Bush was just on Fox and answered the media questions . Mayor Nagin was standing behind him with Admiral Allen and Gen. Honore. President Bush said there is plenty of time to play the blame game regarding FEMA. He said we will continue to assess the situation and that is why he sent Mike Chertoff down there. He said the storm did not discriminate and neither did the rescue effort. "I rely on good people. That is why Admiral Allen is here. That is why Gen. Honore is here. I signed emergency documentation in advance of the storm and that is extraordinary. Everyone, including the press, relaxed at a critical moment when it first hit and blew a sigh of relief saying we dodged a bullet." He also said that it is ludicrous that we did not have enough National Guard because we are in Iraq.
246 posted on 09/12/2005 9:00:49 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: InvisibleChurch

So Bush is responsble for all the LA democrats failures. In fact, I can't name one accomplishment of LA democrats, except that Gen. Honore is in charge now.


247 posted on 09/12/2005 9:01:23 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Part of a plan to have buses evacuate the city would be to inform the drivers they were expected to work--and if they didn't sign up, then to find other volunteers.

Driving a bus in an emergency is not rocket science.


248 posted on 09/12/2005 9:22:38 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: InvisibleChurch
Here (The Steady Buidup to a City's Chaos) is some interesting information from, of all places, the Washington Post:
But local officials got the word out that this was no ordinary storm, and residents took them seriously, streaming out of town in the contra-flow lanes. Hurricane Pam's leaders had predicted a 65 percent evacuation rate, but Maestri reported 70 percent in Jefferson Parish, thanks in part to a church buddy program that provided rides for as many as 25,000 residents, and St. Bernard Parish reported 90 percent. "We had some hard-headed sons of bitches who wouldn't leave, but we made sure everyone knew this was the one," said emergency manager Larry Ingargiola.
A church buddy program. Think of that. Maybe Al and Jesse should have Rev'd up something in Orleans Parish after the Hurricane Pam simulation a year ago.
249 posted on 09/12/2005 11:24:43 AM PDT by JohnBovenmyer
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To: JohnBovenmyer

Buidup = Buildup


250 posted on 09/12/2005 11:28:36 AM PDT by JohnBovenmyer
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