Skip to comments.Don't get stuck on stupid (Transcript and audio of Lt. Gen. Honore briefing reporters on Rita)
Posted on 09/20/2005 5:06:52 PM PDT by BCrago66
Honore: And Mr. Mayor, let's go back, because I can see right now, we're setting this up as he said, he said, we said. All right? We are not going to go, by order of the mayor and the governor, and open the convention center for people to come in. There are buses there. Is that clear to you? Buses parked. There are 4,000 troops there. People come, they get on a bus, they get on a truck, they move on. Is that clear? Is that clear to the public?
Female reporter: Where do they move on...
Honore: That's not your business.
Male reporter: But General, that didn't work the first time...
Honore: Wait a minute. It didn't work the first time. This ain't the first time. Okay? If...we don't control Rita, you understand? So there are a lot of pieces of it that's going to be worked out. You got good public servants working through it. Let's get a little trust here, because you're starting to act like this is your problem. You are carrying the message, okay? What we're going to do is have the buses staged. The initial place is at the convention center. We're not going to announce other places at this time, until we get a plan set, and we'll let people know where those locations are, through the government, and through public announcements. Right now, to handle the number of people that want to leave, we've got the capacity. You will come to the convention center. There are soldiers there from the 82nd Airborne, and from the Louisiana National Guard. People will be told to get on the bus, and we will take care of them. And where they go will be dependent on the capacity in this state. We've got our communications up. And we'll tell them where to go. And when they get there, they'll be able to get a chance, an opportunity to get registered, and so they can let their families know where they are. But don't start panic here. Okay? We've got a location. It is in the front of the convention center, and that's where we will use to migrate people from it, into the system.
Male reporter: General Honore, we were told that Berman Stadium on the west bank would be another staging area...
Honore: Not to my knowledge. Again, the current place, I just told you one time, is the convention center. Once we complete the plan with the mayor, and is approved by the governor, then we'll start that in the next 12-24 hours. And we understand that there's a problem in getting communications out. That's where we need your help. But let's not confuse the questions with the answers. Buses at the convention center will move our citizens, for whom we have sworn that we will support and defend...and we'll move them on. Let's not get stuck on the last storm. You're asking last storm questions for people who are concerned about the future storm. Don't get stuck on stupid, reporters. We are moving forward. And don't confuse the people please. You are part of the public message. So help us get the message straight. And if you don't understand, maybe you'll confuse it to the people. That's why we like follow-up questions. But right now, it's the convention center, and move on.
Male reporter: General, a little bit more about why that's happening this time, though, and did not have that last time...
Honore: You are stuck on stupid. I'm not going to answer that question. We are going to deal with Rita. This is public information that people are depending on the government to put out. This is the way we've got to do it. So please. I apologize to you, but let's talk about the future. Rita is happening. And right now, we need to get good, clean information out to the people that they can use. And we can have a conversation on the side about the past, in a couple of months.
This man always puts a smile on my face. Dang he's good.
Sorry, but you're stuck on stupid.
If you want Daddy, fine.
I like our current CIC.
I know. I didn't hear the interview, but the transcript was outstanding ! (Every now and then I goof on a simple typing or spelling and get ribbed for it too.)
I think we found a replacement for Scott!
"Honore: You are stuck on stupid. I'm not going to answer that question. We are going to deal with Rita. This is public information that people are depending on the government to put out. This is the way we've got to do it. .... "
Wow. I see the makings of a great Press Secretary here!!
I do believe the governors office will be vacant in the next few months......
I think we need a special thread entitled GENERAL HONORE containing cool quotes from him. I just love this guy. Cracks me up big time.
Doesn't matter, democrats are the minority.
Sort of reminds me of Chesty Puller.
This exchange shows the media in their true light....clueless. They keep thinking about the next question they want to ask or about ways to try to trip up the speaker rather than do what is necessary...get out clear info on what the people are to do! Honore knows what the mass media SHOULD know..that if you put out alot of names of places out there, you're going to have confusion...and people will go to the wrong place and we'll be right back where we were last time.
Meanwhile the little reporters and reporterettes try to get some face time and sound important
I doubt the promoter will be able to pull it off. But still, can you imagine how many dollars for the relief effort that a professional wrestling match featuring the tag teams of Admiral Allen & General Honore against Micheal Chertoff & Mayor Nagin could raise?
I keep picturing the skit from SNL with Rumsfeld and the reporters!!
Is the General confused? I thought that he swore an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. Given the necessity of disarming everyone before helping them, I would have to be naked, in freezing weather, and having lost half my body weight before accepting such help. I would rather be among those whose doors are kicked in by the jack-booted-thugs. I am sure that we will fare as well as those who are officially "helped".
I think you are confused!
Whoa!! I wish Pres. Bush would smack reporters upside the head like this sometimes.
Which part of the Constitution states that the government's job is to help people survive hurricanes, but that people must give up their arms to receive such help?