Katrina in Words
Everyone is soaked. This is going to get ugly real fast.
FEMA regional director Marty Bahamonde, the only FEMA official in New Orleans when Katrina hit on August 28, in an e-mail to FEMA response specialist Deborah Wing, who arrived in Baton Rouge two days later
. . . the situation is past critical . . . thousands gathering in the street with no food or water . . . the dying patients at the DMAT tent being medivac[ed]. Estimates are many will die within hours . . . We are running out of water at the dome . . .
Bahamonde to Brown on August 31
Thanks for the update. Anything specific I need to do or tweak?
My eyes must be deceiving me. You look fabulous and Im not talking the makeup.
Cindy Taylor, FEMA deputy director of public affairs, to Brown on August 29
I got it at Nordstroms. E-mail McBride and make sure she knows! Are you proud of me? Can I quit now? Can I go home?
Michael Brown back to Cindy Taylor
Im trapped now, please rescue me.
One of Browns later e-mail messages
Restaurants are getting busy . . . We now have traffic to encounter to get to and from a location of his choice, followed by wait service from the restaurant staff, eating, etc. Thank you.
Sharon Worthy, press secretary to Brown, complaining that Brown needed more time to eat in a Baton Rouge restaurant as the crisis in New Orleans unfolded
OH MY GOD!!!!! I just ate an MRE and crapped in the hallway of the Superdome along with 30,000 other close friends so I understand her concern about busy restaurants.
Bahamondes outrage response to Worthy, text-messaged to a co-worker
Brownie, youre doing a heck of a job.
President Bush, to Michael Brown, five days after the hurricanes landfall
Please roll up the sleeves of your shirt . . . all shirts. Even the president rolled up his sleeves to just below the elbow. In this crisis and on TV you just need to look more hard-working . . . ROLL UP THE SLEEVES.
Sharon Worthy advising Michael Brown in Katrinas aftermath
Go fuck yourself, Mr. Cheney!
A Cheney heckler in Gulfport, Mississipi, after Katrina
If you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.
Former Education Secretary Bill Bennett, ?during his syndicated radio talk show, a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina.
I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, Theyre looting. You see a white family, it says, Theyre looking for food. And, you know, its been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black . . . George Bush doesnt care about black people!
Grammy-nominated rapper Kanye West, going off-script during NBCs live concert fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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