He's got all the good sound bites. He's got all the answers: its their fault. He blamed the Feds for not coughing up the dough that NOLA was promised by that blithering idiot in Jackson Square in Sept 2005. He blames the State for having a juicy surplus whilst things are still so very much broken in NOLA. But Nagin, aah Nagin!! He's cleaned up the French Quarter to the point that eating the vomit on Bourbon Street doesn't sound so unappetizing... :)
I always feel with Nagin that he wants to be the cool kid that everyone likes. He wants to be on our side. He wants to forget that he is on the side of local government whether he likes it or not and that with that comes the responsibility to actually do something about our problems not complain about them and blame everyone else. In my humble opinion if he blames Bush and Bianco for the lack of cash and (therefore) progress in New Orleans he should have been banging down their doors, screaming blue murder in the halls of Congress and running naked across the White House lawn to get their attention.
Had he done all that then I wouldn't mind hearing him bitch....
The end of his speech I found very interesting and if anyone can help on any of this please do:
In closing, as I stated earlier we as a city are determined to have a full recovery.
We have the vision.
[What is it?]
We have the plan.
[I don't know it]
We made the tough decisions to position us for a full recovery.
We have chosen life over death.
[well some of us have been able to.....]
We will rebuild.
[with or without your help....]
One New Orleans, one Louisiana.
[who's he kidding? the rest of Louisiana is so unbelievable redneck that when I get too far along I-10 I want to do a screeching U-turn and head home ASAP]