Anderson Cooper & Senator Landrieuhttp://thinkprogress.org/2005/09/01/cooper-to-landrieu-americans-want-answers/"I have to tell you, there are people here who are very upset and angry, and when they hear politicians thanking one another, it just, you know, it cuts them the wrong way right now, because there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman has been laying in the street for 48 hours, and there is not enough facilities to get her up. Do you understand that anger?"
Video here: http://www.crooksandliars.com/2005/09/01.html#a4740Was FEMA ready for a disaster like Katrina?http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9178501/
"Those FEMA officials wouldn't listen to me," he says. "Those Corps of Engineers people giggled in the back of the room when we tried to present information."
One recommendation from the exercise: Tent cities should be prepared for the homeless.
"Their response to me was: 'Americans don't live in tents,' and that was about it," recalls Van Heerden.
Seems also like people were calling for Michael Brown's head (he's the head of FEMA) back in January:http://www.jewishsightseeing.com/dhh_weblog/2005-blog/2005-01-blog/2005-01-26-wexler-fema.htm
.http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BUSH_KATRINA?SITE=1010WINS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2005-09-02-14-10-02Even Republicans were criticizing Bush and his administration for the sluggish relief effort.
"I think it puts into question all of the Homeland Security and Northern Command planning for the last four years, because if we can't respond faster than this to an event we saw coming across the Gulf for days, then why do we think we're prepared to respond to a nuclear or biological attack?" said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.