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Blanco responds to Bush's criticisms in memoir (and lies about Hurricane Katrina)
WWLTV ^ | 11-9-10 | Katie Moore

Posted on 11/09/2010 10:49:36 PM PST by STARWISE

*snip*

The Katrina chapter expresses Bush's clear frustration with then-Governor Kathleen Blanco, who refused to federalize the National Guard for the incident.

“I did not need the federalization of the Guard because that would've taken police powers away from the National Guard. And goodness knows, we needed that,” she said.

Bush said on Oprah, “I said to the governor, give me the authority to send in federal troops. By law, the president cannot send federal troops to conduct law enforcement without a declaration of insurrection."

An insurrection declaration would've given the military police powers.

“He didn't discuss that with me. He didn't discuss it in that frame ever. It was a one-way conversation with the president and his advisers, not including anyone from Louisiana,” Blanco said.

(Excerpt) Read more at wwltv.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: blanco; bush; govblanco; katrina; louisiana; neworleans; nola; presidentgeorgebush; presidentgeorgegush
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Those of us who followed the horrendous happenings via live coverage and reports on the ground for Katrina, before and after, already know what a partisan, bumbling fool and liar you are, Ms. Blank-O!

This is how a competent Governor Jindal handled the situation for Gustav.

1 posted on 11/09/2010 10:49:42 PM PST by STARWISE
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To: onyx; hoosiermama; DrDeb; ohioWfan; pattyvita; dmd25; DollyCali; SE Mom; NautiNurse; baseballmom; ..

.. Ping!


2 posted on 11/09/2010 10:52:19 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

I wonder if President Bush will defend himself now against Blanco’s lies?


3 posted on 11/09/2010 10:52:26 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: STARWISE

I want NICE news late at night!
But, I do have some Key Lime pie left....LOL.


4 posted on 11/09/2010 10:56:00 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: STARWISE

“He didn’t discuss that with me. He didn’t discuss it in that frame ever.”

Well apparently then GW made the mistake of expecting a GOVERNOR to know the BASICS of the relevant Constitutional issues involved. So yes, that “dunce” GW screwed up by expecting you not to be a complete incompetent moron, Blanco. OK, criticism of GW on that score might be warranted...


5 posted on 11/09/2010 10:57:26 PM PST by piytar (There is evil. There is no such thing as moderate evil. Never forget.)
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To: STARWISE
One of the stark differences I got out of the "popular history" about Katrina was the sight of the Governor on TV crying when she found out the hurricane was raised to Cat 5 and was headed for La. I was watching Beaumont Texas channels and they said Bush had called on her to evacuate and she was frozen and didn't know what to do. It was ridiculous to see that she couldn't make a decision.

I guess it wouldn't have been so hard had it been someone besides Bush,....(the Devil). It was pretty much the same with the chocolate Mayor, only without tears. They had no plan,... no clue. If it hadn't turned more towards Miss. and was about a Cat 3 when it made landfall, It would have been much worse.

The good thing about today is we have video tape on just about everything. I wish people had better memory to pull it out and show it to prove what liars these creeps are. A crying governor in crisis mode is something you remember.

6 posted on 11/09/2010 10:59:01 PM PST by chuckles
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To: Jeff Chandler

He laid it the truth out again on Oprah today.

“In the days that followed Katrina’s landfall, President Bush was criticized for slow relief response. But what many people don’t know, he says, is that a state’s governor—not the president—is in charge of emergency response. “The federal government’s role is to help the governor,” he says.

Five days after strong winds and floodwaters turned lives upside down, President Bush met with then Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. He says tension was high.

“Everybody’s blaming everybody else so I said to the governor, ‘Governor, give me the authority to send in federal troops,’” President Bush says. “By law, the president cannot send federal troops to conduct law enforcement without a declaration of insurrection and/or a request from the governor.”

In his memoir, President Bush writes that Gov. Blanco requested 24 more hours to make her decision. “I’m not attempting to blame only the governor,” he says. “We all could have done a better job.”

Although he was unable to send in troops without the governor’s permission, he says he could have sent in unarmed military personnel. “The problem was, I was listening to all the reports, many of which turned out not to be true—interestingly enough—that there was rape, murder and gunfire,” he says.

“I wasn’t going to put a troop in harm’s way without the capacity to defend him or herself. If I had to do it over again, knowing what I know today, I’d have sent them in with no weapons.”

http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Inside-the-Mind-of-Former-President-George-W-Bush/9


7 posted on 11/09/2010 11:00:54 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

I was in Katrina, but thank goodness we have a real governor over here in Mississippi. President Bush and all the charities, military and feds did everything they could. It was the biggest natural disaster in US history and no one could’ve done more.


8 posted on 11/09/2010 11:03:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. ~Mencken)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; STARWISE

O/T
What time is the Marxist’s speech to the Moselm world tomorrow (later today)?


9 posted on 11/09/2010 11:05:10 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

LOL ... she burns my gizzards!

He explained it all again .. today on Oprah.

I’m actually surprised at how warmly she treated him.

Sumbody not gonna like that!

But then, Pres. Bush is so real and sincere that
it can’t be hidden, and he’s truly likable. Lord,
how the stress has aged him, though ... huh? I’m glad
her audience gave him several enthusiastic rounds of
applause. God bless him.


10 posted on 11/09/2010 11:08:49 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah and no one says a word about Obama’s cold attitude towards the Gulf oil spill disaster. The arrogant donkey played golf through the whole disaster. Not a peep out of the media.


11 posted on 11/09/2010 11:09:37 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: STARWISE

what was the problem with,

using the National Guard
under state control?


12 posted on 11/09/2010 11:10:55 PM PST by Talf
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, you do. So sorry. It was horrific.
I lost it all in Andrew - Cat 5, but the
levees/flooding in NO made it way beyond
our living hell.


13 posted on 11/09/2010 11:12:17 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE
By law, the president cannot send federal troops to conduct law enforcement without a declaration of insurrection.

I think it was a bad idea to recommend that a governor claim insurrection when there is none. That would set a bad precedent for the future. I can see where this could be abused.
14 posted on 11/09/2010 11:14:11 PM PST by microgood
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To: SaraJohnson

Not to mention how he completely ignored Tennessee during the awful floods this past summer.


15 posted on 11/09/2010 11:14:55 PM PST by abigailsmybaby ( I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did. Yogi Berra)
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To: Talf

It’s been a long time but I think a big issue was that the bulk of Louisiana’s NG was deployed in Iraq at the time. But then Blanco sat on her ass about allowing other troops in. Just like Nagin sat on his ass with the buses.


16 posted on 11/09/2010 11:15:02 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: STARWISE

Wow. The excerpt you posted shows that the lies the MSM wrote about murders, rapes occurring meant that Bush didn’t feel he could safely send in unarmed troops to help NO and Blanco would not authorize armed troops. SO the MSM played a key, tragic role in deepening the losses of Katrina and then the MSM blames Bush for it.


17 posted on 11/09/2010 11:15:16 PM PST by ransomnote
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To: onyx

Oh no .. I heard he went to the biggest
mosque in Indonesia today, and his stay
has been cut short due to the volcano.

The mosque visit .. whatta shock, huh ?
Bet he didn’t know the prayers. Suure ...
NOT!


18 posted on 11/09/2010 11:15:49 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: abigailsmybaby

He’s ignored several natural disasters .. that’s
why the Dem pol running from some seat in RI
told him to ‘shove it.’


19 posted on 11/09/2010 11:18:30 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: microgood

That was a bit fuzzy. He said that, as a sovereign
state, the governor has to request Federal help ..
the President can’t just go in UNLESS there is
insurrection. And, as you know, the reports at
the time were full of stories of looting, shooting,
guns everywhere, etc.

She made the situation 1000 times worse ..with pure
incompetence and despicable politics in a catastrophe.


20 posted on 11/09/2010 11:21:49 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Bush is such an unbelievable freaking looser.

Here is a guy that has the truth, the evidence and the undeniable, documented facts on his side and STILL he bows in defeat for the sake of being gracious and above it all.

Well you aren’t above it all, you are a coward and a disgrace for not standing up for yourself and the TRUTH.

Just please shut up and go away....


21 posted on 11/09/2010 11:24:17 PM PST by DanielRedfoot
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To: STARWISE

No speech then? Well, good.
Hugs and prayers.
Going to go get bundled-up.
I TIVO’d Oprah & Hannity.


22 posted on 11/09/2010 11:24:19 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: STARWISE

ex-Governor Kathleen Blanco>>>>>

A stone cold liar and incompetent. Generations of corrupt, bribed, Democrat hacks gave New Orleans a useless system of levees and dikes and Blanco is fine example of this type

Three days after the levees were breached, Democrat pukes in Louisiana and DC started laying it all off on George Bush. I was amazed because this was due to city and state failures not some far off power in DC


23 posted on 11/09/2010 11:27:16 PM PST by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confucius.)
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To: DanielRedfoot

Total lies. If you’re not totally buzzed or drunk,
it would be wise to read the dang thread before
you kneejerk into zombieland and embarrass yourself.


24 posted on 11/09/2010 11:30:11 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Blanco is a liar. I explained this to an ex girlfriend of mine from Britain because she could not understand how come federal aid just sat there in trucks.


25 posted on 11/09/2010 11:30:55 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: ransomnote

Yep .. remember Queen Shep ?


26 posted on 11/09/2010 11:32:37 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Domandred

did Blanco have command of
the National Guardsmen
that came from other states?


27 posted on 11/09/2010 11:33:18 PM PST by Talf
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To: piytar

Her lawyers should’ve known it, even if she didn’t. I don’t trust her; her state is in shambles and she needed 24 hours to make a decision? It was all politics on her part.


28 posted on 11/09/2010 11:33:42 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: chuckles
had no plan,...

ray had a plan, he just ignored it while the storm approached.

29 posted on 11/09/2010 11:37:19 PM PST by Not now, Not ever! (Girlfriend suggested I use pelosi in place of swear words, A good idea, I think)
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To: skr; All

Hurricane Katrina, Live Thread, Part V
NHC - NOAA ^ | 28 August 2005 | NHC - NOAA

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1472323/posts


30 posted on 11/09/2010 11:38:43 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: dennisw

Blanco, Mary “Land-drew” and other cronies had a get togather in New Orleans when President Bush arrived in Baton Rouge to help address the Katrina problem. This POS governor of Louisiana made no attempt to greet the President.

The fault for 95% of the Katrina problem rests with dirty Louisiana elected critters.


31 posted on 11/09/2010 11:45:21 PM PST by tiger63
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To: tiger63

TOTALLY!


32 posted on 11/09/2010 11:45:55 PM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Talf

I recall that she was hard to convince, even by other governors, that she should take the troops they were offering from their states.


33 posted on 11/09/2010 11:46:17 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: STARWISE
She made the situation 1000 times worse ..with pure incompetence and despicable politics in a catastrophe.

It was really her responsibility as I recall, and Bush tried to do something because she sat on her hands as did the mayor of New Orleans. I never thought any of this was Bush's fault.
34 posted on 11/09/2010 11:47:46 PM PST by microgood
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To: STARWISE

But then, it looks like the weight of the world is off his shoulders.


35 posted on 11/09/2010 11:52:54 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: TheThinker

It surely is .. and what a mighty weight it was
that he handled with such devotion, focus,
dignity, class and compassion .. and still does.


36 posted on 11/10/2010 12:00:43 AM PST by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: skr

would Blanco have had command of
the National Guardsmen
that had come from other states?
.......................

if yes, what was the hangup?


37 posted on 11/10/2010 12:09:05 AM PST by Talf
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To: Talf

http://newsbusters.org/node/2072:

“A key criticism, the governor’s slowness in requesting federal troops. She told the President she needed help, but it wasn’t until Wednesday that she specifically asked for 40,000 troops. That day, in a whispered conversation with her staff caught on camera, the governor appears to second-guess herself.”

Blanco: “I really need to call for the military.”

Unidentified female aide: “Yes, you do. Yes, you do.”

Blanco: “And I should have started that in the first call.”

****************

That makes more sense; I just misunderstood. She procrastinated, not refused.


38 posted on 11/10/2010 12:29:34 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: STARWISE

What I said from jump - it was a local responsibility, not a federal one. None of my brilliant friends could understand the idea.


39 posted on 11/10/2010 12:31:13 AM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: STARWISE

Why is it then that ONLY Kathleen Blanco had such a large magnitude of trouble and not the neighboring... umm.... REPPUBLICAN GOVERNORS. It seems as though only Blanco and Nagin (both Democrats) seemed to have had the trouble.... ummm..... GOVERNING!!!!

Sound familiar?


40 posted on 11/10/2010 12:33:39 AM PST by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
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To: ransomnote
...the reports, many of which turned out not to be true—interestingly enough—that there was rape, murder and gunfire,” ....

There were plenty of rapes and murders in NOLA immediately post Katrina. It was Ray Nagin, during a press conference, who said 'drug crazed gangs' were roaming the streets. Also, there is documentation of police officers looting stores.

NOLA was a $hit hole before the storm, murders, drugs, rapes were a daily occurrence.

Ask the good folks in Texas how they feel about the evacuees.

41 posted on 11/10/2010 12:44:27 AM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: STARWISE

I am suprised she didn’t throw Nagin under the bus.


42 posted on 11/10/2010 1:11:22 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: STARWISE

With all due respect, I always read before the rare occurrence of posting.

The undeniable fact is, GWB did an Upright and well documented job in trying to get Blanco to get New Orleans evacuated, but was met with a wall of political bulls*it by Blanco. Ray Nagen admitted as much on live TV if you remember.

Katrina was not a GWB failure, it was a matter of posse commitatus, but the idiot has yet to clearly lay this case out so people understand this very important matter of fact.
He just pokes around the edges of every issue and refuses to defend himself, and by default he contributes to the lefts outrageous claims of what a looser he, and by default republicans are.

I actually saw him him interviewed today and and as much as the interviewer desperately tried to get him to defend himself, he repeatedly said “must not mud-sling and diminish the office”

Well Really???

Even when there are BOLD FACE LIES that ultimately diminish himself but the larger conservitive cause?

Here’s a fun fact: GWB never actually said Sadam had WMDs, that started when Sadam actually used WMDs under Bush #1, then Clinton, and the entire world intelligence community said he had WMDs.

Let me remind you of this:

On January 28, 2003 in his State of the Union Address, GW said:

The UN and every intelligence western agency had concluded that Sadam has more than 3800 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tons of sarin, mustard and XV nerve agent, thousands of munitions to deliver, and to the world community this was a no-brainer.

Dont trust ME - Refer to :”We Will Prevail” by George W. Bush; The Continuum Intl. Pub. Group ; 2003 - Page 218

And yet where is his adamant defense of himself?

Answer: None! He said today, Well shucks, who knew he had no WMD’s?

As much as I desperately want to love the guy lets face it...

The guy is a looser and an unyielding disappointment.

PS - Please consider moderating you tone, we are gentlemen and ladies here.


43 posted on 11/10/2010 1:12:06 AM PST by DanielRedfoot
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To: DanielRedfoot
Please consider moderating you tone

Allrighty ... earlier in your post you called President Bush "the idiot" ... Care to moderate YOUR tone?

Excuse me. "you tone"?

44 posted on 11/10/2010 1:33:15 AM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: STARWISE
How warmly she treated him????....

My take is that the only reason that Bush is on is because Obama is "secretly" scheduled to be on....and more than once. And don't be surprised if Michelle shows up a few times....

45 posted on 11/10/2010 1:37:55 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: STARWISE

“Total lies. If you’re not totally buzzed or drunk,
it would be wise to read the dang thread before
you kneejerk into zombieland and embarrass yourself.”

Too late.


46 posted on 11/10/2010 2:17:37 AM PST by rickb308 (Nothing good ever came from someone yelling Allah Snackbar)
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To: DanielRedfoot
My feelings exactly!!!

He should have started the very first day by prosecuting those responsible for the damage done to government property by the exiting Clinton/Gore staff.

47 posted on 11/10/2010 3:13:14 AM PST by wintertime (Re: Obama, Rush Limbaugh said, "He was born here." ( So? Where's the proof?))
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To: DanielRedfoot
Just please shut up and go away....

You first.

48 posted on 11/10/2010 3:38:31 AM PST by txlurker
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To: LadyPilgrim; abb

MeeMaw Blanco ping


49 posted on 11/10/2010 3:49:39 AM PST by NautiNurse (ObamaCare uses Bernie Madoff theory of economics)
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To: DanielRedfoot

President Bush has what is known as class.

You should check it out sometime.


50 posted on 11/10/2010 4:12:21 AM PST by Rearden (Deo Vindice)
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