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Final Bush Press Conference Katrina quotes

No commentary, just the question and answers related to Katrina, draw your own conclusions in the comments and I’ll respond.

Quotes from Press Conference of the President

Q And I’m not trying to play “gotcha,” but I wonder, when you look back over the long arc of your presidency, do you think, in retrospect, that you have made any mistakes? And if so, what is the single biggest mistake that you may have made?

THE PRESIDENT: …I’ve thought long and hard about Katrina — you know, could I have done something differently, like land Air Force One either in New Orleans or Baton Rouge. The problem with that and — is that law enforcement would have been pulled away from the mission. And then your questions, I suspect, would have been, how could you possibly have flown Air Force One into Baton Rouge, and police officers that were needed to expedite traffic out of New Orleans were taken off the task to look after you? …

Q …Mr. President, on New Orleans, you basically talked about a moment ago about the photo opportunity. But let’s talk about what you could have done to change the situation for the city of New Orleans to be further along in reconstruction than where it is now. And also, when you came — or began to run for the Oval Office about nine years ago or so, the James Byrd dragging death was residue on your campaign. And now at this time, 2009, we have the first black President. Could you tell us what you have seen on the issues of race, as you see it from the Oval Office?

THE PRESIDENT: Sure, thanks. First of all, we did get the $121 billion, more or less, passed, and it’s now being spent. Secondly, the school system is improving dramatically. Thirdly, people are beginning to move back into homes. This storm was a devastating storm, April, that required a lot of energy, a lot of focus and a lot of resources to get New Orleans up and running.

And has the reconstruction been perfect? No. Have things happened fairly quickly? Absolutely. And is there more to be done? You bet there is.

Q What more needs to be done?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, more people need to get in their houses. More people need to have their own home there. But the systems are in place to continue the reconstruction of New Orleans.

People said, well, the federal response was slow. Don’t tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs right after the storm passed. I remember going to see those helicopter drivers, Coast Guard drivers, to thank them for their courageous efforts to rescue people off roofs. Thirty thousand people were pulled off roofs right after the storm moved through. It’s a pretty quick response.

Could things have been done better? Absolutely. Absolutely. But when I hear people say, the federal response was slow, then what are they going to say to those chopper drivers, or the 30,000 that got pulled off the roofs?

The other part of the — look, I was affected by the TV after the elections — when I saw people saying, I never thought I would see the day that a black person would be elected President, and a lot of the people had tears streaming down their cheeks when they said it. And so I am — I am — consider myself fortunate to have a front-row seat on what is going to be an historic moment for the country. President-Elect Obama’s election does speak volumes about how far this country has come when it comes to racial relations. But there’s still work to do. There’s always going to be work to do to deal with people’s hearts.

And so I’m looking forward to it, really am. I think it’s going to be — it’s going to be an amazing — amazing moment.

Jefferson Parish screws the teachers

In addressing faculty assignments, Superintendent Diane Roussel has exclusive authority to assign teachers to schools for the next two years. The annual job fair, which is traditionally used to recruit, will no longer be conducted, as all teacher assignments for the coming year will be handled by Roussel.

Teachers with advanced degrees and certification will be assigned in an effort to achieve an equal distribution across the parish, the document says. To achieve the stability required by the order, faculty positions will be frozen for three years after the initial two-year hiring window.

“This is going to help put some consistency in there,” Roussel said.

The order also supersedes the terms of the teachers union’s collective bargaining agreement, which typically dictates transfer procedures, attorneys said. But Roussel emphasized that she was not expecting any wholesale movement of faculty over the next two years.

Officials also mitigated potential problems by prohibiting cross-river teacher transfers as part of the order.

via NOLA.com

Now what do you think that means? And how can the teachers union protest when its wrapped in a desegregation law without looking racist? How would you like to be told you can’t apply for a transfer because we won’t be posting any jobs only the top person can move you (at her discretion) and then you are stuck for the next 3 to 5 years.

Or you can quit.

FYI: Gulf Coast NFC Championship Game…

In Greenbay, WI this weekend there will be what should be seen as a Gulf Coast Championship Game. Two quarterbacks from the Katrina effected areas of New Orleans and Kiln will battle it out to see which gets to represent the Gulf Coast in the Super Bowl (we are the better coast by the by). Eli Manning is a Newman grad from New Orleans who led the Giants over the Cowboys on Sunday (what a great game that was, Ha Ha T.O.). Brett Farve is good southern boy from Kiln, MS (just an hour and a half away, been there and there ain’t much to do) who is extremely active in his home town community and led his Packers to a huge victory over Seattle on Saturday.

Go Gulf Coast!!

TTLB stats for Blogging New Orleans

I have yet to understand what this means but: for Bloggingneworleans.com

And for the Bloggingneworleans.com podcast

and for schleifstein.net

and pathofdestructionbook.com

A return and a test image

katrina line at starbucks in lakeview

post test in the new upgraded version of wordpress… I got this pic on harrison ave in lakeview (search blogging new orleans for the full story… i think i should start blogging about personal stuff again and maybe post some art too… what do you think?

ps: congrats to kevin and andrea!!

pearl wants her rent

nothing to see… search google for the screaming 2 year old landlord will ya

Edward Wasserman is an idiot

OK, that’s a little harsh, but it needed to be said. In yesterday’s Miami Herald he made an uniformed idiotic argument that the Pulitzers should be eliminated because they only award rich large circ papers and only give a couple token awards to smaller papers. As the son of a multiplu prize winner who has never worked for a large paper but has worked at three small papers (two of which have won pulitzers, Times Picayune and the clarion ledger) I find this argument invalid. First off I am not any where near the writer my father is so this argument may also be flawed, but i need to get it out there. Mr. Wasserman claims the awards are saved for the few large papers and they don’t recognize small papers with quality product. Plus he thinks the public service award is only for those papers who have been injured in some way. Wrong! In 1997 when my father’s series (co-written by four writers), “Oceans of Trouble,” won the Pulitzer Prize for Public service for the Picayune the paper was not flooded or otherwise effected by damage fo some sort. The Picayune decided to invest a number of months in a well thought out series lead by writers and editors including those who had been finalists before (my father had two series, one on chemical plants in louisiana and one on corruption in state gov’t {I think} before that one reach finalist status for the pulitzer). Large papers aren’t the only ones who invest time and effort in good writers over the long term. Maybe if more papers would decide to devote their resources to at least one really good series each year more papers would win, but if you don’t try you don’t win. Look at the LATimes. They were a perennial favorite, but this year… nothing.

Edward Wasserman you are an idiot.