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Bush Called For New Orleans Evacuation

Before the lunatic Hate-America-First crowd gets too carried away re-writing history, it may behoove us to remember that President Bush called for the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans:

Mayor Ray Nagin (D)

Mandatory evacuation ordered for New Orleans

8/28/2005 6:14 PM
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — The mayor of New Orleans has ordered a mandatory evacuation as Hurricane Katrina bears down on the city.

New Orleans is considered especially vulnerable to the Category Five storm because it sits below sea level, and needs levees and pumps to keep out water.

Mayor Ray Nagin is calling the mandatory evacuation order unprecedented, and said anyone who could leave the city should.

Nagin said the Big Easy has never been directly hit by a hurricane with Katrina’s magnitude.

Still, he acknowledges that many people – especially stranded tourists – will be unable to leave. The city set up 10 places of last resort for people to go, including the Superdome. Residents are told to come with enough food and supplies to last three to five days

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said President Bush personally appealed for the mandatory evacuation.

Gov. Kathleen Blanco (D)

And from another AP version of the same report on the (pretend) mayor’s news conference:

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

Please also note that the residents who couldn’t leave were told to bring three to five days worth of food and supplies to the shelters. That should have kept rampant cannibalism at bay for at least a little while.

Even (fake, but sometimes accurate) CBS News reported this:

President Bush is handed a map by Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin, center, during a video conference with emergency management organizations on Hurricane Katrina at his ranch Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005.   (Photo: AP)

Bush Warns Of Katrina’s Danger
Crawford, Texas, Aug. 29, 2005

(CBS/AP) President Bush on Sunday urged people living in the path of Hurricane Katrina to take the storm extremely seriously and to move to safer ground. "We cannot stress enough the danger this hurricane poses to Gulf Coast communities," said the president.

"We will do everything in our power to help the people and the communities affected by this storm," President Bush said as Katrina bore down on a stretch of coastline that includes New Orleans, a city sitting below sea level with 485,000 inhabitants. "I urge all citizens to put their own safety and the safety of their families first by moving to safe ground."

In addition to packing winds of up to nearly 175 mph, the category five storm also carried a threat of a massive storm surge.

Mr. Bush spoke with reporters on his central Texas ranch shortly after New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered an immediate mandatory evacuation for all of New Orleans.

Undoubtedly some of the residents of New Orleans were too caught up reading about the heroic struggles of Cindy Sheehan to be concerned about their own personal safety.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 3rd, 2005. Comments are currently closed.

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