Skip to comments.Blanco responds to Bush's criticisms in memoir (and lies about Hurricane Katrina)
Posted on 11/09/2010 10:49:36 PM PST by STARWISE
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 ...
This is how a competent Governor Jindal handled the situation for Gustav.
I wonder if President Bush will defend himself now against Blanco’s lies?
I want NICE news late at night!
But, I do have some Key Lime pie left....LOL.
“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...
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.
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 governornot the presidentis 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 trueinterestingly enoughthat 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.”
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.
What time is the Marxist’s speech to the Moselm world tomorrow (later today)?
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.
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.
what was the problem with,
using the National Guard
under state control?
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.
Not to mention how he completely ignored Tennessee during the awful floods this past summer.
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.
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.
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 ...
He’s ignored several natural disasters .. that’s
why the Dem pol running from some seat in RI
told him to ‘shove it.’
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.
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....
No speech then? Well, good.
Hugs and prayers.
Going to go get bundled-up.
I TIVO’d Oprah & Hannity.
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
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.
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.
Yep .. remember Queen Shep ?
did Blanco have command of
the National Guardsmen
that came from other states?
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.
ray had a plan, he just ignored it while the storm approached.
Hurricane Katrina, Live Thread, Part V
NHC - NOAA ^ | 28 August 2005 | NHC - NOAA
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.
I recall that she was hard to convince, even by other governors, that she should take the troops they were offering from their states.
But then, it looks like the weight of the world is off his shoulders.
It surely is .. and what a mighty weight it was
that he handled with such devotion, focus,
dignity, class and compassion .. and still does.
would Blanco have had command of
the National Guardsmen
that had come from other states?
if yes, what was the hangup?
“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.
What I said from jump - it was a local responsibility, not a federal one. None of my brilliant friends could understand the idea.
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!!!!
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.
I am suprised she didn’t throw Nagin under the bus.
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”
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.
Allrighty ... earlier in your post you called President Bush "the idiot" ... Care to moderate YOUR tone?
Excuse me. "you tone"?
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....
“Total lies. If youre not totally buzzed or drunk,
it would be wise to read the dang thread before
you kneejerk into zombieland and embarrass yourself.”
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.
MeeMaw Blanco ping
President Bush has what is known as class.
You should check it out sometime.