Top 10 Stupid Post-Katrina Quotes

Sherman, set the Way-Back Machine to 2005! Here are some doozies uttered by the people that brought us the Katrina disaster (Mother Nature exempted). They range from the blithely idiotic to the utterly clueless to the maliciously racist.

1) “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.” — President Bush, on “Good Morning America,” Sept. 1, 2005, six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina

2) “What I’m hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (chuckle) – this is working very well for them.” — Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the hurricane evacuees at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 5, 2005

3) “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” — President Bush, to FEMA director Michael Brown, while touring hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, Sept. 2, 2005

4) “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

5) “Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?” – House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-Texas), to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 9, 2005

6) “We’ve got a lot of rebuilding to do … The good news is — and it’s hard for some to see it now — that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott’s house — he’s lost his entire house — there’s going to be a fantastic house. And I’m looking forward to sitting on the porch.” (Laughter) — President Bush, touring hurricane damage, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005

7) “Well, I think if you look at what actually happened, I remember on Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines, ‘New Orleans Dodged the Bullet.’ Because if you recall, the storm moved to the east and then continued on and appeared to pass with considerable damage but nothing worse.” – Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, blaming media coverage for the government’s failings, “Meet the Press,” Sept. 4, 2005

8) “What didn’t go right?'” –President Bush, as quoted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), after she urged him to fire FEMA Director Michael Brown “because of all that went wrong, of all that didn’t go right” in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort

9) “I mean, you have people who don’t heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving.” –Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), Sept. 6, 2005

10) “You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals…many of these people, almost all of them that we see are so poor and they are so black, and this is going to raise lots of questions for people who are watching this story unfold.” – CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, on New Orleans’ hurricane evacuees, Sept. 1, 2005

These quotes are also available here.


  • Cstrut
    August 29, 2006 - 3:15 pm | Permalink

    There are still people proud to belong to this party? Our country is doomed by stupidity. I’m moving out of this cesspit of a nation and say good riddance to those that actually believe America’s the best country in the world. America jack asses is not the best nation anymore, fact is it’s pretty close to a third world nation.

  • jkb
    August 29, 2006 - 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Santorum, you may be on to something there. I mean getting shot at; starving; dying of thirst; being raped, mugged, and beaten up; over-heating; living in unsanitary conditions and watching as your govt. ignores all this is surely not enough to offer deterence. I think a fine would help inspire people to action.

  • mme Flutterbye
    August 29, 2006 - 4:37 pm | Permalink

    TheSe comment$ by repug$ show an utter amoral lack of empathy for the poor (and the middle class, actually). Barbara taught her $on well…e$pecially that farting in public (a humorou$ {to him} action he can’t get enough of) i$ OK for the rich since their fart$ $mell like ro$e$.

  • The·Walrus
    August 29, 2006 - 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I don’t fault Wolf Blitzer for that last comment. Yes, it was clumsy, but I think he was trying to make a valid point–that the hardest hit were the black residents of New Orleans.

    I have other issues with Blitzer, though…

  • August 29, 2006 - 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Santorum’s remarks are typical of this arrogant man.He always believed in helping himself before helping people in Pa.Just ask people in our area after Ivan hit our neighborhoods.Yeah he is a real compasionate conservative. .He is just a bully in the schoolyard thats trying to run for class president.Wake up people dont elect this weasel for any thing again then maybe we will never have to see his ugly mug and stupid fake grin again.

  • Stephen Kriz
    August 29, 2006 - 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Robert Parry had a good column recently on about Bush’s disdainful sense of humor and sense of royal privilege. Some of his and his mother’s quotes above reflect this monarchical worldview. America needs a president who can speak in complete sentences, not an idiot prince who farts in front of his subjects for his self-amusement.

  • Yosemite_Sham
    August 29, 2006 - 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Barbara Bush-she who spawned the dictator, has another telling quote. When told of the number of US casualties in Iraq, she said her beautiful mind couldn’t be bothered with such things. Google “Bush Crime Family” to see the genetic evil that resides in these creatures.

  • toona
    August 29, 2006 - 8:06 pm | Permalink

    The most amazing quote I heard came from Rep. Richard H. Baker, a Republican from Baton Rouge who said: “We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did.”

  • banjobailey
    August 29, 2006 - 8:17 pm | Permalink

    The country as a whole was appalled as we watched the debacle unfold. The country had the same response to this, essentially, as we had when we watched Bull Connor take down the black people during the 1960’s civil rights struggle.
    Katrina was a turning point for the Republicans, they can no longer be trusted to take care of the American people. I believe that most people now know they are on their own. Republicans, of course, have had this as their goal. For over 20 years they have been preaching that government is the problem. Ergo, there should be no government programs to “help” people. There should only be tax breaks to help those who help themselves. They hold the rest of us in contempt. Although they detest Darwinian ideas of evolution, they fully embrace the idea of the “survival of the fittest.”
    They will be marginalized come this November.

  • August 29, 2006 - 8:24 pm | Permalink

    one year from Katrina, BILLIONS of OUR tax dollars and the clowns that run the LOCAL government and state still have NO plan OR results, TOTAL incompetency re-defined…the bias of the compilation of these comments are as extraordinarily as stuppid as the people who are supposed to be re-bulilding N.O. and that ISN’T anybody else but the people of New Orleans.

  • D Barnes
    August 29, 2006 - 8:55 pm | Permalink

    So…. D.S., is that shorthand for dip s***? Or is your “beautiful mind” incapable of understanding that this crisis has gone far beyond anything that New Orleans, the state of Louisiana, or even the entire southeast is capable of handling alone? This city was literally cast out to sea while Meester Preezeeedent empty flightsuit aka the spawn of the devil prances about pretending that he’s a war time commander / modern age crusader liberating the middle east’s oil reserves from a bunch of worthless towel-heads and sand n*****s. So, D.S., how much rebuilding has Bushie’s little run up to WW III (at a cost of perhaps a half trillion dollars and over 2500 U.S. soldiers and airmen) effectively prevented? Well, while you’re busy celebrating Herr Bush’s visionary leadership, I watch the sup-ream court’s ward of the state sink into the 20% approval range, and doomsday for all the little GOPiggies creeps ever closer.

  • August 29, 2006 - 9:17 pm | Permalink

    You are wrong to think that our government does not have a plan. You must remember that what they say is never what they mean, or what they do. They have privatized New Orleans. They haven’t been unable to clean up , or get water and electricity to the ninth ward, they have no intention of doing so. Those billions in tax money haven’t disppeared, they have gone where all the other money goes, into the pockets of Bush’s cronies. These people are more evil than inept.

    August 29, 2006 - 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Interesting tidbits…..

  • SDR
    August 29, 2006 - 11:25 pm | Permalink

    *the clinton administration *monica *the blue dress *the stain!

    you liberal whackos just don’t get it, do ya!

    you are all so, so godless!

  • Scott
    August 30, 2006 - 12:41 am | Permalink

    Dear SRD,

    Perhaps I missed the irony in your comments. Perhaps your satire eluded me…

    Perhaps not…

    In the meantime, until you become a better writer, stay off these blogs, you fucking idiot!

    There are enough right-wing cesspools on the net where you can peddle your moronic tripe.

    So, shut the fuck up!


  • Dale
    August 30, 2006 - 12:46 am | Permalink

    D.S. – Where did the billions go ? Out of state no bid contracts to Halliburton subsidiaries . Brown and Root , same contractors making billions more in Iraq .

    SDR – Clinton lied about sex . Thousands of americans did not die . Billions of tax dollars were not spent (wasted , stollen ). Godless – Separation of Church and State – I forgot there were no Republicans when the Constitution was written .

  • kc
    August 30, 2006 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the quotes.

    D.S. – Check out Melissa’s comments, your government is handling things exactly as they planned……blame the locals! and take their money. Your government isn’t satisfied with having these people be completely unindated by a storm, now it will kick them while they are down and blame them. So typical of abusers that they are. They love people like you, and they will use you to their own ends and laugh at you in the process. You go guy!

  • LL
    August 30, 2006 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    Federal $$ for assistance should come with the understanding that when this happens again 5 years from now–you’re on your own. Why the hell anyone would think it’s ok to rebuild down there is just sheer stupidity. No more handouts for idiots who CHOSE to live in areas that WILL be hit by natural disasters. Same goes for Florida–ya wanna live in some high priced beach area–fine–buy enough insurance to handle rebuilding yourself.

  • colinjames
    August 30, 2006 - 11:49 am | Permalink

    Scott- couldn’t have said it better myself! I have yet to see a right(as in wrong)-winger make a coherent, logical argument on any progressive blog, anywhere, much less even a halfway witty comment. 100% pathetic, as SDR and D.S. prove yet again.

  • Charles Karafotias
    August 30, 2006 - 11:56 am | Permalink

    So how come the blue dress and Clinton are mentioned, but not a single word about the fake newsman, Guckert/Gannon whoi makes money on the side as Hot Military Stud, Top Man, * inches Uncit, Rates 200/hr 1200/weekend. The He-whore attended 200 press briefings spreading Bush’s bullshit while seasoned news people like Helen Thomas and Maureen Dowd are excluded? And those terrible Clinton sleepovers in the Lincoln bedroom to try and match the Rethug gazillions! The butt-fucker spent 17 nights defiling the Lincoln bedroom. Not a word about this in the MSM. Score-heterosexual blowjobs 10, homo buttfucker zero. How come you let him get away with this? Family values huh?

  • Mark Mywords
    August 30, 2006 - 1:11 pm | Permalink

    gotta give DS a hand, his is obviously busy in his godless shorts doing the nasty– sadly his opinion is held by a majority of the stupid people in this country. it is amazing that the GOP EVER gets a single black vote, from now until the second coming (which W is so anxious to create, and DS is busy working on). FOX news is busy today trying to drum a “something of the willing” to attack Iran, Bush is cheating on Laura like “white on Rice”, Rummy is asking Dick Chain-y (sounds like a lower body body piercing) “where are we going and why are we in this handbasket.” PLEASE tell your friends, especially the first-time voting age… REGISTER NOW… and register to VOTE BY MAIL in those districts where the machines are scarce and rigged. I love you DS! Not in that plutonic, want to be friends, wanna get to know you way– in that strap him down kinda way.

  • JR
    August 30, 2006 - 4:10 pm | Permalink

    On Any Goodman Democracy Now…

    “Top Hurricane Expert Says Officials Threatened His Job Over Pre-Katrina Warnings”


    “For Whom is New Orleans Being Rebuilt? City Demographics Radically Altered With Many Black Residents Still Unable to Return”
    (see both links below)

    If you think that the Governments pre and post Katrina comments are beyond comprehension, Palast’s report provides one with a clear view of how bad this Administration is. The link below may be accessed as text, video and audio. However, the video allows one to view just how, manipulative, cruel and insensitive the government actually is. However,as the stupid insensitive response/ comments to Katrina will be quoted for years to come, one must also look at the entire picture with all players involved , from local to state to federal. Because, if you think their statements were bad, their blatant plans for inaction are even more severe, while their actions regarding the NEW New Orleans, shows just howe inhumane and greedy the bad seed government is.As one Lawyer stated, “Criminal Neglect”

    Greg Palast, investigative reporter and author of “Armed Madhouse” reports from New Orleans. Produced by Jacquie Soohen of Big Noise Films and Matt Pascarella.

  • Mike Roberts
    August 31, 2006 - 8:41 am | Permalink

    The Santorum quote was actually sane. Many people decided to ride out the storm because they thought it would be fun. Evacuations had been ordered before and nothing happened then, so they bought hoagies (alright, this is NO so they probably bought gumbo) and had hurricane parties. Then, the national guard and other rescue organizations had to come in and haul them out by helicopter and boat and then to get shot at for their trouble. It’s not right to expect strangers to risk their lives for you because you made a stupid decision.

  • LA Lady
    August 31, 2006 - 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Roberts, many of those who didn’t evacuate had nowhere to go and no money to do so, just as some didn’t want to be choppered out after, because they thought they’d have to pay for it. Maybe some did have parties, but they may have been “black humor” (if you’ll pardon the expression), trying to deal with the fear of the danger they couldn’t avoid.

  • RikkiTikkiTavvi
    December 14, 2006 - 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Santorum may be an idiot, but his point there is valid. Only the sick and the maim had an excuse for not leaving.

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