Hurricane Katrina Miscommunications

Gee! I really don't know how to begin or end this. You decide how to end this. You give it your own perspective. I stay, remain, flabbergasted. Our leaders- don't!

Federal Emergency Management Agency

On September 12, 2005, in the wake of what was widely believed to be incompetent handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by state, local and federal officials, Brown resigned, saying that it was "in the best interest of the agency and best interest of the president."

"I must say this storm is much bigger than anyone expected." Fema Director Michael Brown, who'd spent much of his time in New Orleans as the hurricane hit e-mailing colleagues with messages like, "Can I quit now? Can I go home?" and complaining about the unfashionableness of his official FEMA storm attire.

"Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans, virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going relatively well." Michael Brown, at a point when thousands who lacked food, water, and medication were packed into the inconceivably squalid convention center or clung to rooftops or huddled on bridges and overpasses as corpses floated in the stinking flood waters.

"We have just learned of the grim situation at the convention center-"we" being the federal government- today". Michael Brown to ABC's Ted Koppel, who asked incredulously, "Don't you guys watch television? Don't you guys listen to the radio? Our reporters have been reporting on it for more than just today."

"Please roll up the sleeves of your shirt... all shirts. Even the president rolled 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!" E-mail from Sharon Worthy to her boss, Michael Brown.

"It's totally wiped out...It's devastating, it's got to be doubly devastating on the ground." George Bush, looking out the window of Air Force One during his flyover of New Orleans.

"I also want to encourage anybody who was affected by Hurricane Corina to make sure their children are in school." Laura Bush, getting the name of "Hurricane Katrina" wrong while speaking to Mississippi parents.

"Louisiana is a city that is largely underwater." Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff.

"Now tell the truth, boys, is this kind of fun?" Texas representative Tom Delay, chatting with three young New Orleans evacuees having the times of their lives resting on cots in Houston's Reliant Park after having lost their homes.

"It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed." House Speaker Dennis Hastert arguing against spending money to rebuild New Orleans.

"This wasn't about going to my house. It was about me going to my district." Louisiana representative William Jefferson, trying to justify using National Guard troops to retrieve his laptop and other belongings from his New Orleans home, thus making the troops unavailable for rescuing people clinging to rooftops or huddling in feces-strewn facilities. Two years later he was indicted on sixteen counts of various charges connected with taking as much as a million dollars worth of bribes.

"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." Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum apparently feeling that those whose utter poverty prevented them from any means of escape had not suffered enough.

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djsky24 7 years ago from Colorado

I believe these quotes say it all. These are just the tip of the iceberg that will sink this titanic country. If a reader can't see it, then I fear the worst. I didn't serve for this type of leadership. Our elected leaders need to take a look at our creed, "...I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade...."

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Micky Dee 7 years ago Author

Thanks djsky24. I guess I could have added my opinion at the top but that's really redundant, I suppose. Anyone who "respects" these "leaders" is in the "dark" in more ways than a few. I didn't serve for this type of leadership either. These leaders that are elected and re-elected are slaps in the face. They cheapen the sacrifices we have made and now my grand nephew will make. I resent the sleaze-bags. You have some people criticizing social health-care while stuffing their pockets and then the "health-care" will be milked down to where suffering is tolerable to them.

Check out by bgamall.

Now on yahoo news is an article about 5 CEOs who are worth their salary. So the only incentive for working hard and making your company prosper is a reward of million of dollars. So I don't admire "them", Michael Jordan, any athlete, etc. I don't admire people who send people to war. I do admire the men and women who always make the real sacrifices.

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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

"Sad Callings From N'awlins."

How many lips begged

salvation over cell phones,

as flood tides engulfed them

With Katrina's kiss of death?

How many hundreds of mouths

stretched with pursed lips,

above the filthy waters,

sucking life from bubbles of air

in attics, and crawlspaces

all across New Orleans?

How many souls were trapped,

strapped, bedridden,

or wheelchair bound,

as the liquid death

crept up over their chins,

eyes wide with terror,

and new found hopelessness?

How many toddlers climbed

in terror up their mothers bodies

like trees to escape the flood,

as babies were held high

until the last possible seconds.

Can you still see them all now,

in the corners of your minds,

where darkest thoughts are

pushed aside, to preserve sanity?

Many lingered from Monday

till Friday, calling on phones

or in loud voices for help

till gurgles silenced their pleas.

Many more unfortunate folks

on rooftops, listened to neighbors

begging for rescue, though unable

to swim, to free them from attic prisons.

Sons listened to their mothers

calling them daily to ask if help

would come, and then reassured them

it would, but then Mom's drowned days later.

Where were all of the infrared scanners,

and the heat sensors and goggles,

as well as the many listening

devices that can pick up

even the tiniest voices

through walls and rooftops?

Where were all the seaplanes

and massive transport vessels,

and troop carriers in the form

of copters, and trucks, and swamp buggies?

Where were any, and all available boats

including the Navy and Coast Guard ships,

all launching, dinghies and rescue craft?

All those Lifeboats filled

with dedicated sailors bringing axes,

and chain saws to the locations not flooded yet,

where people were trapped,

and then joyously discovered

by our vast technologies listed above.

Why was our president and Vice president

both forced to leave vacations,

well after the catastrophe had struck?

Why weren't Governors, and Mayors

screaming insanely for federal help

and evacuation before Monday?

Why would any organization have

to wait for permission to save people?

Why did Fema's Mike Brown,

now relieved from his post, but not fired,

tell the scrambling rescue crews

to take two days to get there?

Where was the safety promised us

in the 2004 election,

under the bent,and now badly broken

umbrella of Homeland Security?

So many of these questions

fall on waterlogged ears,

deafened by false promises

and drowned dreams.

The evidence of all of this

chaos lies scattered in

the form of many, many bodies

still rotting in the streets

and houses, nine days old,

and not yet recovered.

Where was the manpower to

retrieve these bodies before they

became unidentifiable to both

their loved ones and the coroners?

Are we truly that short on help

in this country? Do we have to

fight over who is in charge

before things are done to save lives?

I am sure many of the Americans

who were tagged as refuges

would be happy to be PAID to

rebuild their homes and businesses,

using local, state, and federal aid.

Let the thousands who have

no jobs find one in the reclaiming

of New Orleans.

Mix much of that massive debris

that inundates the city

with concrete, and steel girders

and build insurmountable levees,

that will withstand Class five or higher storms,

and also survive, incompetent government allocations,

of badly needed repair funds.

Ask the bravest, and the strongest

stomached souls among the displaced

to return and be paid a good wage,

to help recover the dead.

Dead who for too long now

have lain in despairing, and

disrespectful arrays all over

the southern part of one

of our great states.

Start pointing fingers at those

who failed to get this right


Let them find new work

doing the common labor that needed

to be started nine days ago.

Silence the Barbara Bushes

who think these poor folks

are so much better off now,

with no homes, no jobs, and

loved ones perhaps lost forever.

Our Commander-in-Grief and

his entire administration

failed miserably beyond belief.

They need no assuaging by mothers,

or loyal to the end, party members.

Let them take an offensive

to answer these questions,

and then do what needs to be

done nine days late

as of today and NO dollars short!!

But hey, what do I know?

I am just a local artist

outraged by this tragedy,

manifested ten times

more then needed.

I've never worked with show horses,

before my appointment

to handle disasters,

and I would never have been be caught

dead relaxing, jogging and riding bikes,

or lounging in Wyoming

while people I was sworn,

and elected to protect

were drowning in New Orleans.

Pray for the thousands

who survived that they will find peace,

and a much better life in the years to come,

than the lives they almost lost

under W.'s and Mike Browns

most tardy Watch!

~~~MFB III- excellent hub mickey!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you for the added words. I have no idea why some "hubs of truth" are not "viewed" and commented on. All hubs cannot be pretty and sweet and dainty. All hubs cannot tickle the funny bones. I have to mix so much fructose into my hubs so that people won't walk on by my every hub.

So many of our "so-called leaders" should be drawn and quartered. My God let the punishment fit the flipping flopping crime. Most of our leaders are CRIMINALS! Sorry my language got so rough there.

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Karen Russell 6 years ago

Michael, thank you very much for this hub. This was very emotionally traumatic for me, I am still concerned about the aftermath of the families who've lost so much from this awful tragedy, but more so for the children who were split up from their families during this horrible storm, God bless humanity, we really need his support now...thanks again Michael...

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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

God bless you Karen! I appreciate your kind heart.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

So very, very sad! No more need be said.

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Micky Dee 5 years ago Author

God bless you dear Peggy.

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