new orleans mayor is pissed

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We told them there is an incredible crisis here, and his flying over in air force one does not do it justice. And I have been all around this city and I am very frustrated because we are not able to marshal resources, and we're out manned in just about every respect. You know the reason why the reason the looters got out of control... Because we had most of our resources saving people, thousands of people that were stuck in attics man. And old ladies, when you pull off the dogon ventilator vent and you look down there and there standing in there and water up to their freaking neck. And they don't have a clue what's going on down here. They flew down here one time 2 days after the dogon event was over, with TV cameras, AP reporters all kind of goddamn excuse my French everybody in America, but I am pissed.

I need reinforcements, I need troops man, I need 500 buses man. We're talking about you know one of the reasons we're talking about getting public school bus drivers to come down here, bus people. I'm like you got to be kidding me, this is a national disaster, get every dogon greyhound bus line in the country, and get there asses moving to New Orleans. That's their thinking - small man. And this is a major, major, major deal. I can't emphasize it enough man. This is crazy. I've got 15 to 20 thousand people over at the convention center; it's bursting at the seams the poor people in Plaquemines Parish the airvac of people over here over to New Orleans. And we don't have anything, and we're sharing with our brothers. It's awful down here man.

I have no idea what they're doing, but I will tell you this: you know god is looking down on all this, and if they're not doing everything in their power to save people they are going to pay the price. Because everyday that we delay, people are dying, and they're dying by the hundreds I'm willing to bet you. We are getting reports that are breaking my heart. [...] They're feeding the public a line of bull, and they're spinning, and people are dying down here.

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