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Kathleen Blanco: I Should Have Called the Military
NewsMax.com ^ | Sept. 15, 2005 | NewsMax.com

Posted on 09/15/2005 10:26:20 AM PDT by kddid

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco's abrupt decision Wednesday night to take responsibility for her state's inadequate response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster followed an inadvertent confession that was caught on camera where Blanco admitted she blew it.

"I really should have called for the military," Blanco said, while chatting with her press secretary in between TV interviews. "I really should have started that in the first call."

Unbeknownst to Blanco, her bombshell acknowledgment was recorded on a network satellite feed, and by Tuesday the clip was getting wide exposure in Louisiana news broadcasts.

In the early days of the Katrina crisis, disaster management experts repeatedly blamed the failure to send in the National Guard for the city's descent into chaos.

Most observers blamed the White House for the blunder - a misconception that was thoroughly dispelled by the governor's inadvertent confession. Some say Blanco's blooper was responsible for the abrupt change of tone in her speech Wednesday night to the Louisiana legislature.

Where earlier she and her aides had openly blamed the Bush administration for bungling Katrina rescue efforts, Blanco announced: "The buck stops here, and as your governor, I take full responsibility."

Just as surprising were Blanco's words of praise for the White House: "I want the people of Louisiana to know that we have a friend and a partner in President George W. Bush. I thank you, Mr. President."


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"I want the people of Louisiana to know that we have a friend and a partner in President George W. Bush. I thank you, Mr. President."

Maybe she wants the President to help bail her out of the political storm to come. Please Mr. President, don't do it!

1 posted on 09/15/2005 10:26:21 AM PDT by kddid
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To: kddid

Have another serving of crow Blanco???!!!!


2 posted on 09/15/2005 10:27:36 AM PDT by LYSandra
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To: kddid

He will! She should be charged with negligent homocide and impeached for not following the disaster plan. Bush will roll over as usual.


3 posted on 09/15/2005 10:27:55 AM PDT by Bommer
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To: kddid

He will! She should be charged with negligent homocide and impeached for not following the disaster plan. Bush will roll over as usual.


4 posted on 09/15/2005 10:27:55 AM PDT by Bommer
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To: kddid

One of these days, I would like to see these articles come from someplace other than NewsMax.


5 posted on 09/15/2005 10:28:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kddid
"I want the people of Louisiana to know that we have a friend and a partner in President George W. Bush. I thank you, Mr. President."

Proof there is an alternate universe where truth may be told. Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on. - Churchill

6 posted on 09/15/2005 10:29:12 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: kddid

"Taking responsibility" is in this case about as meaninful as a kid saying "I'm sorry" with his fingers crossed behind his back.


7 posted on 09/15/2005 10:29:28 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: kddid

Maybe she wants the President to help bail her out of the political storm to come. Please Mr. President, don't do it!
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Oh, boy, she is sweating it! And I bet she has already received some FLAMING phone calls from Hitlery -- for saying Bush did what was right -- OMG, she is toast, in more ways that one!!!

Can you imagine how upset Teddy, Hitlery, Durbin, Leahy and the rest of the radical leftist, anti-Bush mob are???


9 posted on 09/15/2005 10:30:03 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: kddid

Nagin & Blanco = "DUMB & DUMBER!"


10 posted on 09/15/2005 10:30:34 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: kddid
"I should have called the Military" - Kathleen Blanco

NO SH*T LADY! I hope W doesn't give her cover but he is always too civilized - I trait that I think puts him a most Republicans at a significant disadvantage in the Dem/MSM mud-wrestling matches.

11 posted on 09/15/2005 10:30:43 AM PDT by drt1
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To: kddid

I don't think Blanco would have taken responsibility until Bush first took responsibility. Even in shouldering the blame, Bush takes leadership.

Had Blanco taken the blame a week ago, it would have taken all the air out of the "blame Bush" crowd. Now the media and the historians will re-write this saga to say the feds didn't do enough and Bush belatedly took responsibility when it really should have been a state operation with the feds providing assistance.


12 posted on 09/15/2005 10:31:03 AM PDT by Tall_Texan (RIP New Orleans 1718-2005)
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To: kddid

"Mistakes were made."


13 posted on 09/15/2005 10:31:06 AM PDT by My2Cents
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To: kddid

So ALL VICTIMS OF BLANCO's failure, Go to court and sue that woman for being the racist liberal freak show that she is. That is the American Way.


14 posted on 09/15/2005 10:31:31 AM PDT by television is just wrong (http://hehttp://print.google.com/print/doc?articleidisblogs.blogspot.com/ (visit blogs, visit ads).)
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To: LYSandra

Looks like someone turned up the thermostat. Heat must have gotten to her.


15 posted on 09/15/2005 10:32:25 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (ISLAM IS A CULT. IT MUST BE ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH!)
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To: kddid
So WHO told you not to call in the military, was it the blond bombshell Landrieu or the other blond bombshell Hillry???
16 posted on 09/15/2005 10:33:24 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: My2Cents

Blanco lied and others died.


17 posted on 09/15/2005 10:33:24 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (ISLAM IS A CULT. IT MUST BE ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH!)
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To: kddid
I saw this clip ONCE on CNN, only ONE time.

Where are our guys, this should be a commercial by now.
18 posted on 09/15/2005 10:33:29 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: dfwgator

Yeah, is this story on Reuters? Oh no, they're busy with that whole "Bush uses the bathroom" scoop...


19 posted on 09/15/2005 10:33:34 AM PDT by sanemom
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To: kddid
"I want the people of Louisiana to know that we have a friend and a partner in President George W. Bush. I thank you, Mr. President."

What a difference a day makes...
20 posted on 09/15/2005 10:34:10 AM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: sanemom

Will Michael Moore include this clip in his upcoming "documentary?"


21 posted on 09/15/2005 10:34:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kddid

You think the MSM will air this video so the average joe will know what she said? NO. The POTUS took responsibility, so now the MSM has nothing left to do accept blame everything on the Feds.


22 posted on 09/15/2005 10:34:55 AM PDT by devane617
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To: LYSandra
Eat me, Blanco!


23 posted on 09/15/2005 10:35:21 AM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: kddid

It does not make one whit of difference who admits what. The MSM will continue to proclaim that it's all Bush's fault and that the polls prove it. The good news is that the polls are wrong, the MSM is wrong and America is much smarter than they give us credit for...well, about 52% of us are.


24 posted on 09/15/2005 10:36:09 AM PDT by ShowMeMom (America: The home of the free because of the brave.)
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To: kddid

Read up folks and save the webpage. You may never see this except on FR.


25 posted on 09/15/2005 10:36:48 AM PDT by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death.” - Al-Qaeda / Democratic Party)
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To: kddid

As soon as she found out W. was going to address the nation from NO tonight, as no doubt having in the last weeks had first-hand experience with "misunderestimating" him, she wanted to get out in front of him with her responsibility schtick and with softening him up with praise.

She's got to be deathly afraid that tonight Bush is going to lay out the FACTS.

The FACTS make her look like a bumbling crybaby.


26 posted on 09/15/2005 10:36:49 AM PDT by wouldntbprudent ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: television is just wrong

Bush was very correct in noting that problems existed at every level. But it's like dominoes. Once the first one falls down on the job, it forces the others to be unable to perform as intended. She blew it. He knows it and the American people know it. But leadership involves solving the problem....not sitting around waiting for it to reslove itself....which is what Blank-o continues to do. Get off your damn a** lady and make it work.


27 posted on 09/15/2005 10:37:27 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: kddid

ShouldaCouldaWoulda = the new breed of _itchdog

Hang her with naggin right beside her.
It was not the President's place to apologize for Anything. But now that he has she feels free to aplogize.


28 posted on 09/15/2005 10:37:39 AM PDT by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors. Don't run with rocks. NRA)
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To: kddid
Today's Louisiana trivia quiz:
What's the difference betrween Blank-Oh and the intracoastal waterway??

Click and drag below to see answer in invisible ink!

The intracoastal waterway is a busy ditch!

29 posted on 09/15/2005 10:38:30 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (ERROR CODE 018974523: Random Tagline Compiler Failure)
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To: dfwgator
Not sure if this is it.

There is a shot where Blanco is being set up several days ago for a TV interview, and her press secretary is helping her adjust her mic. They’re having a personal conversation, but the cameraman catches it!! In it, she kinda jokes to her press secretary something like “yeah, well I guess I really need to ask for troops,” and a couple more things she says. A bit later in hte segment she gets into a semi-argument with Miles O’Brien, and he’s pointedly asking her exactly WHEN she asked the President for troops. She gets frustrated and says she didn’t even know what day it was the, she was confused, but Miles presses her.
    video link, which I found here

30 posted on 09/15/2005 10:39:03 AM PDT by rit
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To: kddid

31 posted on 09/15/2005 10:40:28 AM PDT by manwiththehands ("Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else" -Will Rogers)
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To: Howlin; Miss Marple; Mo1; onyx
"I really should have called for the military," Blanco said, while chatting with her press secretary in between TV interviews. "I really should have started that in the first call."

Unbeknownst to Blanco, her bombshell acknowledgment was recorded on a network satellite feed, and by Tuesday the clip was getting wide exposure in Louisiana news broadcasts.


32 posted on 09/15/2005 10:41:01 AM PDT by deport
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To: kddid
Now, if that moonbat mayor would get an attack of common sense.
33 posted on 09/15/2005 10:41:43 AM PDT by colorado tanker (The People Have Spoken)
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To: rit

I knew I had seen this information before. Thanks for posting.


34 posted on 09/15/2005 10:42:18 AM PDT by CajunConservative ("Dem's can bus people to the polls but can't bus them out of danger to save their lives.")
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To: LYSandra

Now that she and Bush has taken responsability I wonder if Nagin will come out with like this:

"Yes, they are both to blame, and now I would like a raise please.
Is now a bad time to announce my run for the Presidency?"


35 posted on 09/15/2005 10:44:02 AM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: kddid
BLANKO BLANKO BLANKO...LOL...appears Our Lord (and she too claims herself as a Christian) has allowed her to get caught with her pants down...as a believer...when we talk out of both sides of our mouth...I have found in recent yrs those sown seeds come up really fast...Blanko is reaping...within a little over 2 wks...

BLANKO got caught...when all of us on this side of the political spectrum knew all along she was lying... ;o)

36 posted on 09/15/2005 10:44:12 AM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: Bommer
She should be criminally charged. As the Governor (and I use that title loosely as it applies to her), she's no doubt absolutely immune from civil suits which is a travesty. At the very least, she needs to be removed from office so she can no longer make any decisions (or fail to make them), resulting in death and devastation for so many living things, people and innocent pets included.
37 posted on 09/15/2005 10:46:31 AM PDT by armyavonlady
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To: kddid

Yeah I heard this on FNC this morning. Now she's saying that it's time to look forward. OH I get it. Last week she was still looking for someone(Bush) to burn at the stake for this. Now that she has to actually admit some responsibility(begrudgingly), it's time to look forward. What a phony. Any conservative worth their salt should make every effort to BURY her with this. Bush won't do a thing.


38 posted on 09/15/2005 10:46:34 AM PDT by dogfighter
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To: kddid

He already did remember. He took full responsibilty on Tuesday, and he wasn't even "caught on camera" making the admission. He's simply a class act.


39 posted on 09/15/2005 10:47:45 AM PDT by hiramknight
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To: kddid
Heres Some Video:

Click Here to Watch Blanco Admits
40 posted on 09/15/2005 10:47:48 AM PDT by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death.” - Al-Qaeda / Democratic Party)
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"Just as surprising were Blanco's words of praise for the White House: "I want the people of Louisiana to know that we have a friend and a partner in President George W. Bush. I thank you, Mr. President."

Uh, and I want my share of the 200,000,000,000 Benjamin flood coming down here, at last a $ flood LA pols can come to love.


41 posted on 09/15/2005 10:48:50 AM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1
Seems like Corps of Engineers is jumping on that bandwagon too.

11:27 A.M. - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government should have pre-positioned more sandbags and helicopters in the New Orleans area before Hurricane Katrina struck so that repairs to broken levees could have started sooner, the commander of the Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday.

"In retrospect I would say yes, we could have, we should have, in anticipation of this," Lt. Gen. Carl Strock told a Pentagon news conference.

42 posted on 09/15/2005 10:49:14 AM PDT by rit
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"Bush will roll over as usual"

I don't see it this way. Look, the damage is done to her, the cat is out of the bag and she's doing the right thing by not hiding it. Bush shouldn't do anymore than he has been. He IS ultimately responsible for the federal government's response - but I say both the bad AND the good. And she's finally owning up to her side - her considerably large side of it. If Bush decides to be nice about it, that is because our president has class. We elected him for many things, and his and Laura's class was something often admired here at FR.


43 posted on 09/15/2005 10:50:04 AM PDT by mudblood
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To: kddid

She should have called the military? I thought the only person who could call the military was the Federal Executive, AKA The President!?


44 posted on 09/15/2005 10:52:10 AM PDT by TypeZoNegative (Future Minnesota Refugee)
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To: deport

Here is the video of her saying it

http://thepoliticalteen.net/2005/09/12/blancocnndaybreak/


45 posted on 09/15/2005 10:52:51 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: kddid

And even when Blanco finally decided it was time to use her National Guard for "law-enforcement" purposes, she still had waited 4 days (9/2) before making that decision. What was worse is that she only sent in 300 at this time:

"US troops with shoot-to-kill orders have been deployed in New Orleans to restore law and order after days of chaos and looting in the hurricane-devastated city.

Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco says the 300 troopers from the Arkansas National Guard has been authorised to open fire on "hoodlums" who have been terrorising the flooded city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Their deployment came amid intense criticism of the government for a tardy response to the disaster, which is feared to have killed thousands of people and left hundreds of thousands more stranded and homeless.

"These troops are fresh back from Iraq, well trained, experienced, battle tested and under my orders to restore order in the streets," the governor said."


46 posted on 09/15/2005 10:53:33 AM PDT by cwb (Liberalism is the opiate of the *asses)
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To: TypeZoNegative

No. She had to ask. Original "jurisdiction" for recovery vests in the state, not the feds.


47 posted on 09/15/2005 10:54:09 AM PDT by armyavonlady
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To: kddid
"I really should have called for the military," Blanco said...

Gee, ya THINK?!?

48 posted on 09/15/2005 10:54:21 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: CajunConservative

I'm sure he will step forward, make a reference to President Bush's and Gov Blanco's statements and proclaim - "See I told you it wuz they faults!!!"


49 posted on 09/15/2005 10:58:20 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear
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To: kddid

A misconception that was "thoroughly dispelled"? Don't count on it...the media is still committed to putting all the blame on Bush, regardless of the reality.


50 posted on 09/15/2005 11:00:10 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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