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Blanco coolly greets Bush - Friction between state, federal government shows in visit
The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) ^ | September 6, 2005 | MICHELLE MILLHOLLON and MARK BALLARD

Posted on 09/06/2005 1:49:06 PM PDT by HAL9000

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour got a hug. Gov. Kathleen Blanco was lucky to get a hello.

The friction between state and federal officials has been brewing for the past few days and bubbled to the surface with President Bush's visit to Baton Rouge on Monday.

In fact, Blanco did not learn Bush was coming to Louisiana for the second time in three days until informed by an Advocate reporter late Sunday night.

The news prompted Blanco to scrap her plans to visit Houston on Monday with former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, her spokeswoman, Denise Bottcher, said. Blanco asked three of her daughters to fill in for her.

Meanwhile, the governor's staff spent much of the early morning hours securing an invitation from the White House for Blanco to accompany the president and his wife, Bottcher said. Bush spokesman Scott McClellan told The Associated Press that the White House reached out to Blanco's office Sunday, but didn't hear back, and White House staff in Louisiana spoke with Blanco early Monday.

Blanco met the presidential party at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, carrying a letter to Bush which showed she's not budging on the issue of federalizing local law enforcement and the state's National Guard, which the president had attempted to do Friday.

"I write to ask you to work with me in developing a long-term plan for the rebuilding of the Louisiana economy," Blanco says in the letter.

From the airport, Bush and Blanco went to visit hurricane evacuees at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baker, where the two leaders kept their distance.

Later that day, Bush flew to Mississippi, where he warmly greeted Barbour.

Waves of National Guard soldiers from other states help quell widespread looting in New Orleans and evacuate thousands stranded by rising flood waters. Their arrival also prompted debate over whether Bush or Blanco should coordinate their efforts, three elected officials said.

The Bush administration on Friday asked Blanco to give the president control of local law enforcement and the Louisiana National Guard that now answer to the governor. Blanco refused.

Blanco said, when asked about the issue of federalizing state troops, that the issue involves the hurricane recovery organizational structure, not how rescuers are deployed.

Blanco said she needs flexibility to run the Louisiana National Guard.

More National Guard soldiers are needed in "Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Shreveport ... all the parishes receiving people," she said.

U.S. Rep. Richard Baker said he didn't want to do any "Monday morning quarterbacking." That includes not weighing in on whether or not Blanco should relinquish more control to the federal government, he said.

Baker said the Bush administration's goal isn't malicious, but to facilitate a more immediate response on resources, such as getting planes loaded and landed.

State and local officials last week complained that the federal help didn't come fast enough, with bipartisan criticism leveled at Bush himself.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal, R-Metairie, said that during Bush's visit to New Orleans on Friday, Mayor Ray Nagin asked Bush and Blanco to hash out their differences. While on Air Force One, the president's plane, Bush and Blanco spoke privately.

"The rest of the delegation waited," Jindal said.

Later that day, Bush administration officials sent Blanco a legal memo seeking to federalize Louisiana law enforcement under the Insurrection Act, which is used to suppress civil disobedience that threatens to turn into anarchy. The act would clarify the chains of command of local, state and federal agencies with the president in charge.

Rather than cede control, Blanco on Saturday morning named James Lee Witt, who ran the Federal Emergency Management Agency under Clinton, to help run relief efforts.

In Bush's weekly radio address Saturday afternoon, he said the hurricane strained local and state capabilities, leading to people in New Orleans not getting the help they needed.

The next day, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu threatened to get violent.

"If one person criticizes them (local and state government) or says one more thing -- including the president of the United States -- he will hear from me," Landrieu said on the ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "One more word about it after this show airs and I might likely have to punch him. Literally."

After Bush's visit to Baton Rouge on Monday, Landrieu said that state, local and federal officials are now essentially on the same page, working as a team.

"The governor's leadership and the president's leadership, pulling these things together is excellent," Landrieu said.

Bottcher, Blanco's spokeswoman, refused to make a copy of the memo public. Blanco's team spent much of the day detailing the events that unfolded during the weekend, provided that their names were not used.

Asked directly and on the record, Bottcher refused comment.

After Monday's meeting, Blanco said Bush is satisfied with the organizational structure. "We are partners in this effort," the governor said. "We are a team. I want to say it again. We are a team."

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: blanco; chainofcommand; hurricane; hurricanekatrina; katrina; leftistcorruption; leftistdeceit; leftistdenial; leftistincompetence; leftistlies; leftistslander; missinginaction; nagin; neworleans
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To: Oatka

I'll give Blanco till High-noon tomorrow to submit her resignation. She's a fool if she stays. I'm sure Hillary has promised her a job already.

101 posted on 09/06/2005 3:23:52 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: tflabo

I haven't been very impressed with Jindal either.

102 posted on 09/06/2005 3:25:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: La Enchiladita

Bye Bye Dim'Rat control over Lowsyana. Flushed out by Kat.

103 posted on 09/06/2005 3:26:48 PM PDT by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: Rosemont

When they point the finger at the federal government for whatever went wrong in the Katrina response, remember that they are fighting for their political lives.

And unless they have a Cook County level of political corruption, most will probably be booted. People aren't stupid about something like this.

In fact, if King Daley performed this way during an equivalent disaster in Chicago, even he'd be booted.

104 posted on 09/06/2005 3:40:49 PM PDT by ml1954
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To: Brilliant

"This just proves that it's not Bush's fault. She's in control."

That's exactly it. She is being a control freak. And she would not be caught dead taking any input from a Repug (usingthe the DU term), lest her constituency in DUmmieland accuser her of selling out. What's this you say, her constituency is the people of Louisiana? Well, she's a liberal Dem, she's so much better, they don't count!

Hey Blank-O, start considering a career change, definitely by January 1, 2007. And maybe sooner. Do you know all the combinaations at Waffle House (assuming Waffle House would hire her)?

105 posted on 09/06/2005 3:41:15 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (Liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: Sacajaweau
I see her with hillary as hekping to hurt Bush by throwing roadblocks in his relief efforts so hillary can say he and the GOP were incompetent. If hill makes it look for blanco to get a cabinet position.

Seeing that blanco sent her three daughters to be with bill at the Astrodome shows me how incompetent she is!

106 posted on 09/06/2005 3:42:00 PM PDT by Citizen Soldier
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To: All Blue State

They (the politicians) all have to be in a panic. Their constituents have all moved out and are completely dispersed. This must affect the political balance of the state. While many will return, the poor have less reason to return.

Good point.

107 posted on 09/06/2005 3:43:22 PM PDT by ml1954
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To: Sacajaweau

I'm sure Hillary has promised her a job already.

I don't think Hillary is that dumb. What's in it for Hillary? That's all she cares about.

108 posted on 09/06/2005 3:47:25 PM PDT by ml1954
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To: HAL9000


109 posted on 09/06/2005 3:48:48 PM PDT by Chicos_Bail_Bonds
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To: Fred Hayek

''Hey Blanco,start considering a career change, do you know all the combinations at ''Waffle House?''...........ROTF!

110 posted on 09/06/2005 3:52:58 PM PDT by Bush gal in LA
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To: BoBToMatoE

I wonder the same. Why else sit on your hands and not help your people. Strange situation.

111 posted on 09/06/2005 4:06:34 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: sportutegrl
U.S. Rep. Richard Baker said he didn't want to do any "Monday morning quarterbacking."

and I forgot to mention king of the loons Nagin!
112 posted on 09/06/2005 4:08:24 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: HAL9000; Peach; Fedora; Grampa Dave; STARWISE; justshutupandtakeit; Lancey Howard; Howlin; xzins; ..

The Demagogic Party is well underway in preparing a campaign to politicize the hurricane issues and make it their latest plank in a platform against the Republicans. Bush can't run for re-election, of course, so they will try to smear all Republicans with their vicious assaults on the administration. I just received the email bulletin below from the DNC and Howie Dean (yes, I'm on their list under the principle of "know thy enemy".....). It is obvious that under the guise of "hurricane relief" they are developing a vicious political campaign which will be unveiled over the coming weeks and months. We can anticipate that they will get many 'testimonies' from the refugees they help, ala John Kerry's "Winter Soldier Hearings"..... there will be many exaggerations and fabrications, all meant to make the federal government look bad and the local 'Rats in LA look better.....

Their link for "Hurricane Housing" is a website put up by the deranged leftists at !!! When the crisis clears and the people are taken care of, it must be made clear to the public that the DNC is joined at the hip with the anti-American fanatics of -- this group is very far to the left of any 'mainstream' Americans, and if the public really understood what they stand for the DNC and the Demagogic candidates would be marginalized for many years to come. btw, they also have a link on the "Hurricane Housing" website for ACORN which is one of the most far-left "community organizing" groups around, a bunch of '60s left-over degenerates (I knew some of them in college, I know what I'm talking about).

Here's the latest DNC/Moveon stuff:


In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, you mobilized to make sure that the Red Cross had the financial resources it needed to respond swiftly. The response was literally overwhelming -- so many donations poured in that their web site struggled to process them.

Since then Americans have seen another kind of disaster unfold. The irresponsible lack of attention by our federal government has led directly to the devastation of communities and the loss of American lives.

The federal response over these crucial first days has been totally unacceptable. There will be a time for a full accounting of the preventable part of this disaster, and those responsible will be held accountable. It will be soon.

But there are lives to save right now and our focus must be steady. People need help right now. And you can be a direct participant in the relief efforts by providing housing for a victim of the disaster.

The vast number of evacuees has triggered a cascading crisis -- the first group of evacuation centers in the Gulf States has been overwhelmed, and the surrounding states have seen their capacity exceeded as well.

Hundreds of thousands of survivors are being transported in small groups to cities and towns across the country. A coalition of groups has put together a web site to collect offers of housing and provide a place for victims to search for help. You can offer shelter -- whether for a few days or a few weeks -- by signing up here:

To support your volunteer housing operation the following steps have been taken:

We are briefing Democratic elected officials on the program and asking that they treat this as the front-line network of volunteers who are ready and waiting to provide shelter in their jurisdiction.
We have asked outside organizations to direct their members to to volunteer; those organizations with representatives on the ground have been asked to help victims connect with the housing bank.
We have directed the staff at Democratic Headquarters in Washington to use local volunteers signed up on as they work with DC emergency response officials to assist hundreds of survivors being transported to the DC Armory, which is located nearby.
In addition to mobilizing our infrastructure to support the housing drive, we have also taken the following steps in the last week:

All DNC fundraising events have been cancelled until further notice and donations are being directed to relief organizations.

The DNC Fall Meeting that had been scheduled to take place this week has been postponed.
All staff have been given leave to participate in relief operations (many are completing Red Cross training this week and will deploy shortly).
The Democratic leadership in Congress has proposed a comprehensive policy package to ensure that victims receive health care, financial assistance and educational and employment opportunities during the crisis (go to for more).
But more than anything our organization has done, the thousands of acts of compassion by ordinary citizens and a renewed sense of common purpose will be the legacy of this effort.

Our American community will emerge stronger from this crisis.

Thank you for doing what you can.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

P.S. -- A number of organizations on the ground still need financial support. You can learn about them here:

Paid for and authorized by the Democratic National Committee, This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Contributions or gifts to the Democratic National Committee are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

Click here to unsubscribe from this mailing list.

DNC, 430 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington DC 20003

113 posted on 09/06/2005 4:09:02 PM PDT by Enchante
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To: HAL9000
Blanco met the presidential party at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, carrying a letter to Bush which showed she's not budging on the issue of federalizing local law enforcement and the state's National Guard, which the president had attempted to do Friday.

So, let me get this straight. The Governor refuses to cede leadership authority to the federal government in this matter, yet doesn't want to accept the blame for what happened? If fact, she is trying to shift as much blame as possible to the federal government, who still cannot legally take the leadership role.

I don't know about Louisiana, but here in Texas, it's those who are in control, and those who are in the leadership positions who accept responsibility, and the credit/blame that comes with it.

How can the MSM refuse to cover this? How can they unashamedly continue to blast President Bush when it's been Gov. Blanca who has been carrying the ball (dropping it, more like it) since this thing began?
114 posted on 09/06/2005 4:10:06 PM PDT by Texas2step (<><)
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To: kinghorse

No thanks, we have enough Louisianans (coon-a$$es) here now. How about you, want some?

115 posted on 09/06/2005 4:10:44 PM PDT by Tahoe3002
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To: HAL9000

"I write to ask you to work with me in developing a long-term plan for the rebuilding of the Louisiana economy," Blanco says in the letter.


It has been said before that NOLA is a Caribbean city. I noticed a distinct resemblance to Port au Prince in some photos last week.

This letter describes exactly how third world country leaders deal with 'foreign aid." --- You send the money and I'll control the spending of it.

116 posted on 09/06/2005 4:40:46 PM PDT by maica (Do not believe the garbage the media is feeding you back home. ---Allegra (in Iraq))
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To: ChadGore

"See that one, next to you General? THAT's BS."

117 posted on 09/06/2005 4:49:12 PM PDT by CDB ("Something there is that doesn't love a wall"--Robert Frost - NOT Jamie Gorelick)
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To: tennmountainman



Sean Hannity WABC 770am NY 3:15pm Tues Sept 6, 2005

This above is the photo that Brit Hume
showed on FNC that the AP had sent out

(my "enhancements" were not shown on FNC)

118 posted on 09/06/2005 5:45:00 PM PDT by devolve (------- -- & LakeNagin.jpg ---)
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To: Citizen Soldier
I posted this on another thread:

I just heard an interview, I believe it was on MSNBC (hubby was in charge of the remote). The commentator asked Hillary if she thought that the Head of FEMA should be fired. Hillary replied, "With this Administration, the only way you get fired is when you tell the truth."

Nothing surprises me with these Democrats. Bill and Hillary are in attack mode now. Bush better not turn his back next time he is asking a favor of Bill Clinton. Back stabbing is painful.

119 posted on 09/06/2005 5:54:45 PM PDT by mia
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To: Galtoid
"This woman has blood of thousands on her hands."

I don't know how she and hiz honor sleep at night.

120 posted on 09/06/2005 5:57:04 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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