September 15, 2005

YOUR TURN, MR. MAYOR:

Blanco takes blame for state response (Melinda DeSlatte, September 15, 2005, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco yesterday took responsibility for failures and missteps in the immediate response to Hurricane Katrina and pledged a united effort to rebuild areas ravaged by the storm.

"We all know that there were failures at every level of government: state, federal and local. At the state level, we must take a careful look at what went wrong and make sure it never happens again. The buck stops here, and as your governor, I take full responsibility," Mrs. Blanco told lawmakers in a special meeting of the Louisiana Legislature.

Mrs. Blanco's statement came a day after President Bush said he would "take responsibility" for federal failures in dealing with Katrina. The Democratic governor, who has criticized the response of federal officials to the storm and subsequent flood that deluged New Orleans, yesterday told legislators that Mr. Bush is "a friend and partner" in Louisiana's recovery effort.
When the wagons start circling you better get inside the ring.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 15, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

Blanco sees how Bush is handling this and taking notes. But I think the damage is done for her as the focus begins to shift to state and local on this issue. Hopefully in his TV speech tonight Bush finds a way to point people to the NO mayor and LA governor's roles in the response.

Slightly OT - apparently ex-FEMA head Brown has an article in the NYT where he basically lays it at Blanco's feet with some astounding comments (i.e. he dealt more with Blanco's husband than Blanco since she couldn't handle it). Yes it's CYA by Brown but if Brown's statements can be backed up it doesn't help Blanco.

Posted by: AWW at September 15, 2005 8:56 AM

SNAP! The trap has sprung. Rove is drooling over the first mouse. The rest will unfold in time for 2006.

Posted by: Genecis at September 15, 2005 9:48 AM
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