A Picture Is Worth...

A picture of New Orleans school buses taken September 1, 2005 from Yahoo photos found via Hit and Run:


This is a national disgrace. FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control. We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims, but we can't bail out the city of New Orleans.

-- Terry Ebbert, head of New Orleans' emergency operations,
September 1, 2005

I need reinforcements. I need troops, man. I need 500 buses, man. Now get off your asses and fix this. Let's do something and let's fix the biggest goddam crisis in the history of this country. [...]

This is a national disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get it here to New Orleans.

-- Roy Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans, September 02, 2005

[The feds] don't have a clue what's going on down there.

-- Roy Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans, September 01, 2005


Update: Matt McIntosh uses nearly the same title to refer to the same pic. Great minds and all that. Share this

Would those buses *run*

Would those buses *run* after the deluge?

I mean, it's one thing to have buses, it's another thing to have buses that will run. Buses that won't start aren't worth much to him.

Even if they could function, would it be a good idea to use buses saturated with sewage and lord knows what else?

By the same logic, there's plenty of food, water, and shelter in New Orleans, so what are people complaining about? Eat, drink, and be merry, right? Oh, wait, they're ruined and not usable. Same with the buses.

A better critique would be that those buses weren't put to use to evacuate the city before the storm hit.

But the fact he called for buses on 9/2 is a pretty weak basis to criticize.

Let Me Count the

Let Me Count the Ways...
...or continue to count the ways -- government response to Katrina has failed on all levels: The Associated Press:Several states...

I suspect that Mayor

I suspect that Mayor Passing-the-Buck will be out of a job at the turning of the next election cycle.

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One sober-minded, one less so. First. Jonathan’s post drives home further the essence of what Jim

The fact that he should

The fact that he should never have had to call for buses on 9/2 because he had them on 8/31 is the point that Jonathon is making. Apparently too subtly for you.

Lessons? What, you were

Lessons?
What, you were surprised these organizations didn't provide a timely response to a major disaster? There's a lesson to be learned from all this, but I doubt many will heed. For this reason I'm left cold by partisan attempts...

Did it ever occur to anyone

Did it ever occur to anyone that there might not have been drivers for those busses? Many ppl wanted to batten down their homes, and guard them from looters, or others just may have wanted to accompany their families out of town. Nagin called for an evacuation the very morning after being told at night that the storm would strike a glancing but damaging blow to N.O., it's path was unknown till then. Whatever degree of fault may lie with the mayor, the cold fact remains that our govt. wasn't prepared, the feds were the ones with the means and the responsibilty to respond to this enormous disaster and they failed miserably, a man w/o a minute of experience in emergencies or disasters was made HEAD OF FEMA. Bush and Brown waited 4 days after ppl were stranded on roofs and in hellhole shelters before getting off their keisters and DOING something, and they still haven't fully responded, today, 9/13. They've done zilch since 9/11 N.Y.C., 9 stockpiles around the country full of emergency supplies for just such an occurence...untouched. Countries around the world offering help and money and material, along with American cities doing the same....refused by Bush. If we ever get hit by a terrorist attack, we are deep, deep doo doo. When will ppl notice the elephant in the livingroom?