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New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin: Federal Officials 'Don't Have a Clue What's Going On Down Here'

Ray Nagin

by Kevin Caruso

September 2, 2005

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been deeply outraged by the inadequate response by the federal government, and has been voicing his anger in public statements.

"They don't have a clue what's going on down here," Nagin angily said on a radio show.

Nagin added: "[Government officials] flew down here one time two days after the [hurricane] was over with TV cameras, AP reporters, all kind of [expletive].I am pissed."

Nagin has also spoken directly to President Bush.

Nagin said that he told bush that the crisis in New Orleans was incredible and that Bush's flying over in Air Force One did not do it justice.

"I have been all around this city and that I am very frustrated because we are not able to marshal resources and we are outmanned in just about every respect," he told Bush.


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