Out Of A Politician’s Mouth

September 12th, 2005 // 19 Comments

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]

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. Damer

    Let’s keep this a great website: kill the politics. Seriously, socialitelife should be about Posh Spice crotch shots and ATM (that’s All Things Maddox). I don’t visit this website for rhetoric, unless of course, it’s Tom Cruise telling me that Ritalin is bad, because in that case it’s gospel.

  2. heidi

    How Michael Moore 2004.

  3. lulu

    I think public figures’ mis-speech and unsympathetic speech is perfectly fair game as gossip.

  4. Lisa

    I agree with Damer. Please keep your political beliefs to yourself. If I wanted to be informed of the top news stories, I wouldn’t turn to A Socialite Life.

    No offense Miu, but stick to what you know.

  5. Wolf Blitzer’s quote gives me the chills…

    “…many of these people, almost all of them that we see are so poor and they are so black…” -CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, on New Orleans’ hurricane evacuees, Sept. 1, 2005

  6. Zoey

    Nothing like tuning into to CNN and seeing your mother dead on tv. By all means, CNN get your cameras right in there to show body recovery. It’s so important to show bodies, because we don’t know what that’s like. Floaters are news! If we fail to show dead people how will we understand the devestation? The impact of 90,000 sq mi. of damage! That’s how I’d should find out about Mom. Cause it’s all about free speech, ya know. Thanks CNN for such comprehensive coverage! Floaters, y’all!

  7. zazz

    1. Baker’s comment is not to be believed! Thinly veiled racism.
    2. It’s funny how people criticize someone’s personal blog when no one is forcing her/him to partake of the free entertainment in the 1st place!
    3. Michael Moore is God! (or maybe Buddha)

  8. Lisa

    No harm in a little constructive critism to a site that I religiously visit 5 days a week. Sure, I could choose not to visit, but I would much rather continue to get my celebrity gossip and pics from A Socialite Life. But God knows, there are plenty of other blogs out there just like this one.

  9. jim

    There all douche bags. I con’t stand upity white folks with the inferiority complexes, and dysfunctional families.

  10. ugh

    “…many of these people, almost all of them that we see are so poor and they are so black.”

    I believe the man said, “and they are ALSO black.”

  11. Lisa

    Kudos to ugh…….for having a brain and not jumping to conclusions.

  12. zazz

    Except for the fact that the clip being played continuously shows Blitzer saying “so poor and SO black.” It’s one of those things that sounds WAY bad, but isn’t really. He obviously misspoke, unlike Rep. Baker.

  13. EyesRolling

    I agree with the first poster – I come here to get away from politics. Enough already.

  14. houstonian

    Keep it up, Miu. This topic is fair game as gossip–and very relevant to a lot of people right now.

  15. get over it

    I on the other hand, appreciate miu’s comments. If you don’t like what miu says, get your own blog.

  16. Jim

    I love how people who have had everything handed to them as most of these douche’s have feel the need to chastize some poor folks. I hate all politicians if they all went away this country would be the envy of the world again. Now were a joke with unarguably the most conversationally challenged President ever when that tool speaks I cannot think of anything else, but Elmer Fudd.

    It’s Wabbitt season you arseholes

  17. Mo

    I’m with the majority here. PLEASE stick to the funny. I come to this blog to get away from the information I can get on my homepage!
    Loves Ya’!!!

  18. Kiki Belle

    I’m with you on this, houstonian and get it over it. Tell it like it is, Miu!

  19. kat

    Any particular reason you negelcted to add the stupidity that has also flowed from the mouths of the DEM Governor of LA or The DEM mayor of New Orleans? As much as everyone watns to deny it, those two “officials” are just as, if not more, responsible for the chaos. Oh but wait, I forgot. Everything is W’s fault. Damn, I just broke a nail typing that sentence. Damn you George Bush! If you were a better president I would never have broken that nail!!!

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