Radio interview with New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin

Status
Not open for further replies.

Hawaii

HEART BREAKING.......

I am speechless, this man is just mad and frustrated, his people are dying and no one will help. He is asking for help, no one is doing anything. Very sickening situation. He says that the gov. agencies are giving us a load of bull and it's only "talk" and they are letting people die. I feel for this guy........ God bless him.
 
I just heard it on CNN and wow. That was an extremely powerful interview. It ended with the Mayor and radio interviewers in tears. I could not believe what he said but I'm glad he did. Does anyone have the interview? I think all should hear it.
 
I know some people that might be hosting it, although I guarantee it will be replayed on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc. etc. every hour.

He is 100% right. At the start of this tragedy the man had a police force of 1500 officers. 1500 officers who had to deal with the needs of EVERYONE in the city including the looters, the rescue missions... EVERYTHING.

Probably 90% or more of those officers have lost everything they own and are working on a few hours of sleep in 90+ degree heat and 100% humidity. It's being reported that 20% or more of the force is going AWOL.
 
Nagin is not handling this situation as well as Guiliani handled the 9-11 attacks...what the heck is Nagin doing other than giving interviews?
 
Originally posted by Anonymous
Nagin is not handling this situation as well as Guiliani handled the 9-11 attacks...what the heck is Nagin doing other than giving interviews?

...

Newsflash: the events of 9/11 in New York were isolated to a relatively small area of New York.

80% of the city of New Orleans is UNDERWATER. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE STARVING.

Did that happen on 9/11?

Before you criticize the mayor, at least put some thought into making comparisons. I'm sorry, but this is ten times worse than the September 11th attacks in terms of scope and devestation.

THERE ARE ARMED BANDS OF LOOTERS ROAMING THE STREETS. Did that happen on September 11th?
 
Originally posted by Anonymous
Nagin is not handling this situation as well as Guiliani handled the 9-11 attacks...what the heck is Nagin doing other than giving interviews?

There is no communication....he is asking for help and is just getting answers like "they are on their way" or "we are doing what we can". His police force is giving up and leaving........I just can't imagine. WHERE IS THE HELP!?!? Our President has ALOT of explaining to do.

No words right now to express the disappointment with our Gov. Officials right now, no question that someone dropped the ball.
 
Also, read these personal accounts:

http://www.nola.com/weblogs/nola/index.ssf..._09.html#076092

Just read them. MY GOD. The city IS in total anarchy. It's like the 10th level of hell:

We received a call from a friend of ours in the NOPD. She and 9 other cops from various units are holed up in the Hampton Inn near the Convention Center, running low on ammo and unable to establish communications with other units. They've been trying to get word out about their situation and location, they're worried about making it through the night. Communication is intermittent, keep getting message that her voicemail is out due to ''scheduled upgrade''. We managed to pass word to CNN, we're calling or posting wherever we can think of. Feel free to call for more info. They report the situation in and around the convention center is desperately dangerous.

PLEASE HELP! 1200+ patients and medical staff are stranded at University Hospital on Perdido Street (Differnt from Tulane or Charity). Women are giving birth in the halls and patients are dying. Newborns and many others will not survive for much longer. Boats have been seen going to Charity, but completely ignore those at University Hospital. Please, someone help! Patients are able to get through window on 2nd floor. Babies are on the third floor. The food and water dropped on the roof of the hospital has not withstood the drop and has broken upon hitting the roof and therefore cannot be eaten/drunk. The situation is deteriorating QUICKLY!

Story: 100 residents are still left in The Point and they are now under seige from the mob that was released from the convention center. They have had to kill 4 people in an attempt to protect their property and life.

The neighborhood has created this blog with updates. Please get state police in!

Obviously, these are uncomfirmed, and sure... people could be making it up... but for what purpose? If these accounts are real?!?! MY GOD.
 
Originally posted by Hawaii+--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Hawaii)</div>
<!--QuoteBegin-Anonymous
Nagin is not handling this situation as well as Guiliani handled the 9-11 attacks...what the heck is Nagin doing other than giving interviews?

There is no communication....he is asking for help and is just getting answers like "they are on their way" or "we are doing what we can". His police force is giving up and leaving........I just can't imagine. WHERE IS THE HELP!?!? Our President has ALOT of explaining to do.

No words right now to express the disappointment with our Gov. Officials right now, no question that someone dropped the ball.[/b]

Guiliani took the leadership role...why doesn't Nagin step up?
 
Originally posted by Anonymous+--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Anonymous)</div>
Originally posted by Hawaii@
<!--QuoteBegin-Anonymous

Nagin is not handling this situation as well as Guiliani handled the 9-11 attacks...what the heck is Nagin doing other than giving interviews?


There is no communication....he is asking for help and is just getting answers like "they are on their way" or "we are doing what we can". His police force is giving up and leaving........I just can't imagine. WHERE IS THE HELP!?!? Our President has ALOT of explaining to do.

No words right now to express the disappointment with our Gov. Officials right now, no question that someone dropped the ball.

Guiliani took the leadership role...why doesn't Nagin step up?[/b]

This is obviously a more complex situation than 9-11 . If someone on the other end is giving you a load of bull (the govenor/FEMA/National Guard/The President) after you have been asking for help for the past 4 days and you can't get to all the stranded/injured victims without protection......this was his last resort - to go to the media to get the word out.

The head of FEMA is being interviewed right now and this guy is being railed by Solidad on CNN.......HE DESERVES IT!
 
"they are on their way" -------- WHAT THE HECK! This is all that I am hearing, it's been 5 days now. 5 days without water, food, and medical attention. Thousands will die today, help didn't reach them.
 
Originally posted by Anonymous

This is obviously a more complex situation than 9-11 . If someone on the other end is giving you a load of bull (the govenor/FEMA/National Guard/The President) after you have been asking for help for the past 4 days and you can't get to all the stranded/injured victims without protection......this was his last resort - to go to the media to get the word out.

I have no doubt that the FEMA and the rest are clowning around...I am just pointing out that Nagin has ZERO leadership ability...FEMA and Bush also have ZERO leadership ability...Nagin is clowning around just like the people he is criticizing.
 
Nagin is clowning around just like the people he is criticizing.

And you know this, how? The truth is Nagin has given very few interviews since this thing started going south.

And guess what? He's probably the only political leader that is STILL in city of New Orleans while the rest muck around in Baton Rouge.

What exactly do you want Nagin to do with a force that has probably dwindled now to under 1000 men?

He can't command National Guard forces, they won't listen to him.
 
And you know this, how?

I live just a few blocks from FEMA's HQ in Southwest DC. I have many friends who work for FEMA. I trust my sources instead of the talking heads on TV...
 
I get the feeling, after this is all and done with, there are going to be a lot of FEMA, and overall, DHS job openings.
 
I'm a Bush supporter, but I must confess.... this entire situation rattled me to the bone! Bush said " results are unacceptable". Ya think?!?!?!
I support the NO Mayor 100%, and after listening to the NO Mayor, I am seething mad. How could this happen in the USA? I'm so frustrated and angry and I feel so helpless. UnF*@%king believable!!!
I'm going to spend the rest of my day e-mailing Congressman.
 
I support the NO Mayor 100%, and after listening to the NO Mayor, I am seething mad.
Yes, he is quite good at passing the buck. Cry and scream enough and many people will fall for any charade.
 
Truth is, there are ALOT of people that deserve blame. Is Bush among them? Probably. Is the Mayor among them? Probably. Is the Governor of Lousiana among them? Probably. I seriously wonder if it was logistically possible to evacuate all of the New Orleans metro in the time they had... I seriously don't know if they could have mustered sufficient mass transit to get everyone who had no vehicle (something like 1 out of 6 in the city of New Orleans) out of the city...

I think at this point, the Mayor is passing on the frustration and anger of his constituents. Yes, there were quite a few that were idiots, who decided to stay despite the warnings, but there were also many who stayed behind to be with family who were unable to leave... to stay with the elderly and infirm that couldn't evacuate.
 
I support the NO Mayor 100%, and after listening to the NO Mayor, I am seething mad.
Yes, he is quite good at passing the buck. Cry and scream enough and many people will fall for any charade.

I can't believe you are accusing him of putting on an act. I hope I misunderstood what you meant.

I listened to the interview and I feel the exact same way he does. I am sure there are many others that do also. I think he's the only politician who's even reacted appropriately to this atrocity.
 
I can't believe you are accusing him of putting on an act. I hope I misunderstood what you meant.
Yes, you did. It wasn't an act. It was genuine childishness. He F'd up and now he's going to throw a temper tantrum about it and blame everybody else. He's genuinely upset alright. Upset that he failed so miserably that people died and he might not be re-elected.

I think he's the only politician who's even reacted appropriately to this atrocity.
He created the atrocity. Reacting "appropriately" is the least he can do.
 
New Orleans doesn't have its own army, nor does any other city in the United States. What it really comes down to is the fact that once disaster struck, personnel needed to be deployed immediately to the areas affected. This has not happened yet and we have now surpassed the five day mark. If Nagin could deploy troops, he would; he has very little control of the situation and the higher-ups are not doing their jobs to the best of their abilities. What more can Nagin do using only the funds allotted to the City of New Orleans?
 
What more can Nagin do using only the funds allotted to the City of New Orleans?
Request the needed help in a timely manner. He didn't. People died. More people are dying.

It is not the function of the federal government to run his city for him. It is their responsibility only to provide him the resources to do so. And until he requests them, they cannot do so. That hesitation to act on his part created the tragedy we now see.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Back
Top