The New Orleans interview

 Posted by at 21:46  Politics
Aug 292010

President Obama spent the day in New Orleans marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. While there, he granted a lengthy interview to NBC’s Brian Williams. A number of topics were discussed (Katrina, BP, the economy, rumors about his religion and nationality, Glenn Beck, Iraq, the proposed Islamic community center in Manhattan and more). Watch the entire interview:

Transcript here.

New Orleans Town Hall

 Posted by at 17:33  Politics
Oct 152009

President Barack Obama held a town hall meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana today. At the close of the question and answer period, fourth grader Tyren Scott asked the president why people hate him. Here’s video:

Tyren: “Why do people hate you? They’re supposed to love you. And God is love.”

President Obama: “That’s what I’m talking about.

“First of all, I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me.

“What is true is if you were watching TV lately, it seems like everybody’s just getting mad all the time. And I — you know, I think that you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt. Some of it is just what’s called politics where, you know, once one party wins, then the other party kind of gets — feels like it needs to poke you a little bit to keep you on your toes.

“And so you shouldn’t take it too seriously. And then, sometimes, as I said before, people just — I think they’re worried about their own lives. A lot of people are losing their jobs right now. A lot of people are losing their health care or they’ve lost their homes to foreclosure, and they’re feeling frustrated. And when you’re president of the United States, you know, you’ve got to deal with all of that.

“You get some of the credit when things go good. And when things are going tough, then, you know, you’re going to get some of the blame, and that’s part of the job. But, you know, I’m a pretty tough guy.

“You’ve just got to keep on going, even when folks are criticizing you, because — as long as you know that you’re doing it for other people, all right?”

The transcript of the President’s opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, follows the break.

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Apr 242008

John McCain is still trying to pretend that he isn’t running for George W. Bush’s third term. Today he visited New Orleans, where he told the people that had Hurricane Katrina happened on his watch he would not have bungled it like Mr. Bush did.

McCain to New Orleans: Never again

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Republican presidential candidate John McCain took stock of still-hurricane-damaged areas of New Orleans on Thursday and declared that if the disaster had happened on his watch, he would have immediately landed at the nearest Air Force base, drawing a sharp contrast to President Bush’s handling of the tragedy.

McCain called the response to Hurricane Katrina “a perfect storm” of mismanagement by federal, state and local governments.

The Arizona senator walked a few blocks of the hard-hit Lower 9th Ward, passing tidy rebuilt stucco houses standing next to abandoned structures, their facades still spray-painted with the markings of rescue workers who went door to door nearly three years ago searching for bodies. Government-issued trailers still dot the neighborhood. McCain said his teenage daughter Bridget had been there with a volunteer youth group a few weeks ago to help in the recovery.

“Never again, never again, will a disaster of this nature be handled in the disgraceful way it was handled,” McCain declared, a pledge he repeated over and over during the day.

Just for the sake of historical accuracy, and to prove what a hypocritical ass John Sidney McCain III really is, here is a photograph of what he was actually doing on August 29, 2005 (the day New Orleans was drowning):


Notice how desperately Mr. McCain is urging Mr. Bush to hightail it to the Air Force Base closest to New Orleans? Surely there must have been one closer than Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Hypocrite, thy name is Republican.