While our leaders strive to speak for the people, some dreadfully inappropriate and idiotic things have come out of their mouths in regards to Katrina and her aftermath.
“Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans, virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going relatively well.” -FEMA Director Michael Brown, Sept. 1, 2005
“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” -President Bush, to FEMA director Michael Brown, while touring Hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, Sept. 2, 2005
“We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did.” -Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA) to lobbyists, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal
“I also want to encourage anybody who was affected by Hurricane Corina to make sure their children are in school.” -First Lady Laura Bush, twice referring to a “Hurricane Corina” while speaking to children and parents in South Haven, Mississippi, Sept. 8, 2005
“It’s totally wiped out. … It’s devastating, it’s got to be doubly devastating on the ground.” -President Bush, turning to his aides while surveying Hurricane Katrina flood damage from Air Force One, Aug. 31, 2005
“I understand there are 10,000 people dead. It’s terrible. It’s tragic. But in a democracy of 300 million people, over years and years and years, these things happen.” –GOP strategist Jack Burkman, on MSNBC’s “Connected,” Sept. 7, 2005
“I’m going to go home and walk my dog and hug my wife, and maybe get a good Mexican meal and a stiff margarita and a full night’s sleep.” -FEMA Director Michael Brown, on his plans after being relieved from his role managing Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, Sept. 9, 2005
Plus kudos to CNN for challenging the Bush Administration who have now agreed not to prevent the news media from following the effort to recover the bodies of Hurricane Katrina victims.
Stupid Quotes About Hurricane Katrina [About.com]