The people of our city are holding on by a thread. Time has run out. Can we survive another night? And who can we depend on? Only God knows.
They're feeding the people a line of bull, and they are spinning and people are dying.
I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day...This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be.
Do I worry about it? Somewhat. It's not good for us, but it also keeps the New Orleans brand out there, and it keeps people thinking about our needs and what we need to bring this community back. So it is kind of a two-edged sword.
Some of these guys are so violent that it is hard for witnesses to come forward, and they get involved in repeat criminal activities, so it is unfortunate that they had to die, but it did kind of end the cycle that we were struggling with.
We're learning as we go. We're a lot smarter this time. We understand what it takes to mobilize away from the threat of a hurricane.
Get off your ass and get down here to fix the goddamn biggest disaster in the nation's history.
They thinking small, man, and this is a major, major deal.
I need reinforcements, I need troops, man. I need 500 buses. Get every dog-gone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans... This is a major, major, major deal. I can't emphasize that enough.
I don't know whether it's the governor's problem, or it's the president's problem, but somebody needs to get... on a plane and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out right now.
It's all right. You guys in New York City can't get a hole in the ground fixed, and it's five years later, so let's be fair.
Basically, the start of my thinking process is: 'OK, if you didn't have to worry about re-election, what would you be doing?' That's kind of how I'm starting to think.
Ladies and gentlemen, I wish I had better news for you but we are facing a storm that most of us have feared. This is a threat that we've never faced before.