Okay... Well, I've put it up. I hope it doesn't get axed, because people really need to hear the real deal. Or, if it does, I hope another post with a link to somewhere else on the web (once that exists) will be allowed to stand. The situation is beyond unbelievable, and Nagin is the only one laying it on the line.
The end, with both Nagin and the reporter breaking down. Just heartbreaking. Why can't more politicians be honest? Why can't they be this straightforward all the time? THIS is what I have been listening for since this happened.
briank, I hope that it is seen and heard everywhere... But when I heard it this morning (late, late night to US people) there was nothing at all on the web. Nothing. And I checked everywhere. And I wrote to wwl radio begging them to put up a link to the interview.
Oh, Hugh! Sorry, but it would take me so long to try to transcribe at my typing rate that it wouldn't be worth it. Please, everybody, be on the lookout for a transcript, and when we find one we can add a link to the original post.
I should also say that I've e-maled the link to a couple of blogs I frequent. Maybe everyone here could consider e-mailing this link (at least the direct mp3 link at the top) to your favorite bloggers be they left, right, red, blue, purple with green spots, whatever.
OK. I have transcribed the entire interview. I need to go back now and clean it up, fix typos and such. As soon as it's done I'll post it here. By the way, does anyone know the proper spelling of the general that Nagin talked about in the interview? Honaray? Oneret?
He's responsible for a place that's below sea level, which has always been at high risk of major storms, but that didn't spend adequately on flood protection and apparently has nothing like a plan for dealing with major floods. And somehow you think he's competent for leadership?
Do you think he's responsible that it's below sea level? He's just the current mayor. Didn't spend adequately? New Orleans doesn't even have the money to keep its teachers paid. Please consider that what was once termed "white flight" but is not accurate, because it really has to do with income, not skin color, takes hundreds of thousands of dollars out of the tax base. You have tons of people working in Orleans Parish, but living in outlying communities where they pay their taxes to another parish...
It's much more complicated and intense than you realize.
(Sorry, but I couldn't resist. Dodgy is right, we're really not here to argue the politics of it all.)
You know, what strikes me is the President's complete inability to lead. In the aftermath of 9/11 it was Giuliani that stood up and was visible while the President futzed about. It's like the President freezes up in a crisis rather than acts. To me it shows the lack of character that I've suspected long before he was put into power.
In the aftermath of 9/11 it was Giuliani that stood up and was visible while the President futzed about.
An excellent point, which also manages to reinforce the point several people have made that Nagin ain't exactly A Man With A Plan, either. Personally, I can't stand Giuliani, but this makes it even easier to see how Bush got all the credit for someone else's effort four years ago and howe very little of substance has been done since.
Eh... any chance we can stop playing the "get me someone better than ____" game and actually look for the most qualified person? Someone with degrees in economics and law, perhaps? Someone with a history of fiscal responsibility and humanitarian commitment? Cause if it's "anyone better than Bush", that's not really narrowing the pool.