Skip to comments.Teary Gov. Kathleen Blanco 'Overwhelmed'
Posted on 09/01/2005 9:31:38 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 10:52 a.m. EDT Teary Gov. Kathleen Blanco 'Overwhelmed'
The performance of Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco in the first days after the Katrina disaster has some wondering whether she's up to the daunting task of guiding her state as its largest city struggles to recover.
Blanco "has come across as a nice person," noted the New York Post's Deborah Orin, but she seems "overwhelmed instead of inspiring."
Gov. Blanco did little to reassure observers during a press conference on Tuesday, when she seemed on the verge of bursting into tears. "The magnitude of the situation is untenable," she told reporters. "It's just heartbreaking."
The next day Blanco told ABC's "Good Morning America": "This whole situation is totally overwhelming."
Louisiana Democrats are putting the best face possible on Blanco's performance.
"She's obviously affected tremendously by the emotional impact of the devastation," former Sen. John Breaux told the Washington Post. "I think she's doing everything humanly possible to bring it together."
Asked whether Blanco sounded discouraged by the havoc wrought by Katrina, Breaux told the paper: "No, I think she was on top of it. But considering the circumstances, with a whole city underwater, it's hard to be calm, cool and collected."
Some compared the beleaguered governor to her Mississippi counterpart, Haley Barbour - who has so far offered a more reassuring presence.
Noted Orin: Gov. Barbour vowed early on to deal "aggressively and ruthlessly" with looters in his state.
Gov. Blanco, on the other hand, intitially suggested that stopping rampant looting in New Orleans wasn't a priority, telling reporters Tuesday: "We dont like looters one bit, but first and foremost is search and rescue.
As conditions continued to deteriorate, however, Blanco changed her tune, announcing late Wednesday: "We will restore law and order. What angers me the most is that disasters like this often bring out the worst in people. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior."
Damn it, get a real man into that job...
"I'm just furious. It's intolerable," she said.
Uh, these are the people who put you in office, Miss Babineaux.
Right, on top of the desk screaming at the top of her lungs, I want my mommie! This is the type LEADERSHIP you get when you put a whining, indecisive, socialist democrat in charge. Nice going Louisiana. You selected her, now live with her total, inept, inability, to cope with this crisis.
Suck it up Buttercup, people are dying out there.
"When the going gets tough the tough get going."
"Lead, follow or get the H*LL out of the way."
Just a couple of my favorites from days gone by.
The people left can either come quietly out of the city or be shot as a looter. Hand-wringing platitudes aren't helping anyone right now.
Did you see that idiotic little school girl, Mary Landrieu, next to Blanco at the press conference? She looked like that she was going to burst into tears and have a breakdown.
Why does it surprise anyone that these liberals are "overwhelmed" and appear defeated? That's why they are liberals - life sucks for them ALL OF THE TIME.
You think Governor Ahnold from California wouldn't have taken charge???
Looks like this might take awhile.
"Barbour vowed early on to deal "aggressively and ruthlessly" with looters in his state."
NO TV IN JAIL FOR YOU!!!
She's supposed to be a leader but she isn't behaving as one.
As a factory foreman I often found myself overwhelmed but I only had two choices. I could sit around and whine as I failed or I could stand and lead. I chose to lead and I suggest that the governor makes her choice soon.
And we could've had one had Jindal won... But really, we should've recognized the realityies on the ground and ran a good old boy like Mike Foster and we'd still have that Governorship. It's yet another case of the GOP machine being staggeringly inept.
Paging Dr. Kaura......paging Dr.Laura
Where's your GRIT Kathy this is no time to break down ??? Maybe you should give Rudy a call he'd know what to do !!!
Glad you said it!!!!
I'd be happy if she'd just shut up, sit down, and let the folks who know what they're doing do what needs doing. That goes for Nagin and Landrieu, too.
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