Will Nagin Do His Job This Time?

Is this what Nagin has in store for New Orleans, AGAIN?

It was just 3 years ago that America (not just New Orleans) was devastated by hurricane Katrina. Can we PLEASE remember how the Mayor of New Orleans handled himself during that crisis? Please recall the screaming and railing from the still-Mayor of New Orleans:

I need reinforcements, I need troops, man. I need 500 buses, man. We ain’t talking about — you know, one of the briefings we had, they were talking about getting public school bus drivers to come down here and bus people out here.

I’m like, “You got to be kidding me. This is a national disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans.”

That’s — they’re thinking small, man. And this is a major, major, major deal. And I can’t emphasize it enough, man. This is crazy.

I’ve got 15,000 to 20,000 people over at the convention center. It’s bursting at the seams. The poor people in Plaquemines Parish. … We don’t have anything, and we’re sharing with our brothers in Plaquemines Parish.

It’s awful down here, man.

Mayor Nagin played a great game of making everything that went wrong with Katrina everyone else’s fault but his own. And, lest some of you were hiding under a rock, let us also remember that the storm was alleged to have been made by President Bush himself, because he’s a racist you know, and America hates Black people. Katrina made deep cuts in this country that STILL haven’t sufficiently healed, and we lie in wait for yet another hurricane of potentially epic proportions to make landfall somewhere near the Big Easy.

Despite Nagin and then-Governor Blanco calling for a state of emergency and despite calling for evacuations, and despite assuring the world they were ready to provide shelter to those choosing NOT to leave, Katrina destroyed New Orleans and broke the backs of millions of Americans. With the grim reality of hurricane Gustav bearing down on New Orleans, and the Mayor once again calling for evacuations ahead of the storm, it’s deja vu all over again…and one can’t help but wonder whether Nagin learned any lessons from his direct responsibility for the loss of thousands of lives.

Will his having had to live with his miserable failures 3 years ago cause him to get it right this time? Does he have his head in the game this time? Will he take CARE of his people and protect and serve them NOW as opposed to what he did to them 3 years ago?

That he’s calling Gustav the storm of the century…while STILL unable to adequately provide shelter for those choosing NOT to evacuate makes me fear the worst for the people in New Orleans.

There can’t be too many prayers for their safety and well-being as Gustav approaches.