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Friday, 9 September 2005

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New Orleans Mayor Ray "What..me worry?" Nagin

Interview with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin:
AG: How is progress going in the city?
Mayor Nagin: It's looking fine. The water is receding. People are being fed. There is law and order in Baton Rouge.
AG: Uh...I meant how are things in New Orleans?
Mayor Nagin: Oh...right. I spend most of my time here in Baton Rouge. It don't smell as bad.
AG: Mayor Nagin...Is it fair to say that the first responders to these tragic events in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama did not do the job they were hired to do?
Mayor Nagin: I don't know what happened in Mississippi and Alabama but a category five hurricane hit Louisiana and the federal response was piss poor. Did something happen in Alabama and Mississippi?
AG: What more could President Bush have done?
Mayor Nagin: First...he could have flown Air Force One over the city and parachuted onto the dome and personally rescued our people. He flew that jet onto that aircraft carrier. He could of flew Air Force One. Former President Harrison Ford flew it once.
AG: I have seen hundreds of school buses under water in New Orleans. Couldn't those buses have been used ?
Mayor Nagin: School buses? School buses? Are you kidding me? We needed Greyhound or Trailways. There are no toilets on a school bus. No plasma TV's in the head rest on a school bus. No air conditioning on a school bus. No spinners on a school bus.
AG: But...It's only five hours to the Astrodome in Houston.
Mayor Nagin: What the hell is in Houston? We're talking about Baton Rouge...I mean New Orleans.
AG: Why place people in the Superdome if there was no food or security?
Mayor Nagin: That's my bad. I forgot that the Saints last pre-season game was on the road. Owner Tom Benson assured me that tickets were half price.
AG: Over four hundred New Orleans police officers walked off the job. What are you going to do about that?
Mayor Nagin: That's a question you should ask President Bush. As you know, he is the leader of the military. Second...for those officers who have walked off the job, we have trips to Las Vegas and Jamaica planned and if we have enough resources, maybe we can send some to Hawaii. I'm also taking up a collection to buys some I-Pods.
AG: Don't you shoulder some of the blame?
Mayor Nagin: I showed leadership when President Bush didn't. I was the first person out of New Orleans and into Baton Rouge. I was the first one to blame President Bush. And after all or most of the citizens were evacuated, I was the first one to go back. I'm not on drugs, I'm thinking clearly. Do you know how hard it is to get a midday interview on the radio? I got one.
AG: Who should we blame for this mess?
Mayor Nagin: I don't if its the governor's problem or the president's problem. But this I know; I didn't do anything wrong. Anything. I was the genius that put people in the Superdome. Remember that. Who dat says they going beat them Saints?


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