Skip to comments.Katrina e-mails show Blanco PR worries
Posted on 12/12/2005 7:28:30 PM PST by devane617
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Trying to avoid a public relations disaster, aides to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco fretted over her not appearing in charge after Hurricane Katrina hit, even worrying about her clothing, documents released Monday show. Thirteen pages of e-mails sent in the immediate days after the August 29 storm also reflect the Blanco administration's concerns over race relations -- specifically, the number of black victims leaving Louisiana to find shelter. A Blanco spokeswoman dismissed the race issue as the concern of just one staffer and said e-mails were plucked from among an estimated 100,000 documents -- on everything from attire to how to fix the levees -- that the governor gave to a special House committee investigating the government's response to Katrina.
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CNN finally found out about this?
Now that's leadership!
Gee...that's too bad.
"She would look like a woman, but show she is MOVING MOUNTAINS," Fuller wrote.
Hee, hee. That worked, yup.
Nice touch, huh?
"Word is already that we are only sending blacks out of this state," Anderson wrote. "We are make (sic) a strategic error. FEMA will not have to answer to the people, we will."
Apparently, the only problem with sending "that many black folks out of state" is the "perception."
Funny how they never wrote "Though the people of New Orleans claimed a Republican president abandoned them, their state and local governments, which were responsible for the evacuation and first response, are Democrats."
Ought to get her to say that under oath. It seems to me that Blanco was worried about her image more than anything.
Actually a pretty damning article, suprisingly
It's gonna be fun to watch her testify.
Anybody on our side of the committee got any balls. Betcha they could make her cry with a couple of loaded questions.
Which Committee is it?
Never mind, "House panel on Katrina"
These get released after the other ones pointing fingers at everyone else. Funny how that works. Make your agenda driven point in the main news cycle. Tell the other half of the story or even the truth at a later date when the furor has passed.
Anyone who accepts a job to make Blanco look good is guilty of fraud.
I was thinking the same thing! This is very old news.
Sounded like a lot of useless fluff to me.
The governor is a politician. Of course she has staff members who's job is to make sure she dresses to make the right impression.
To be honest making the right impression is part of leadership in a disaster where you're getting 24 hour news coverage.
The people need to get the impression that their leaders are competent and in charge.
I don't have a problem with all the emails about wardrobe and how to make the right impression.
My problem is that she didn't do her job competently.
She was not prepared to lead her state through such an emergency even though the state was particularly susceptible to such disasters, had several close calls in recent times, and she had several days of warning as well.
The media is always attacking on form, not function.
They criticize how people look and the impression they give others.
Then they cirticize them for trying to make the right impression.
However, they rarely look at the real failures.
even worrying about her clothing,
----I would be worried about more important things, but while we are on the subject, she could use a makeover. LOL
Actually a pretty damning article suprisingly, for CNN
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