You probably can’t make out the section that I underlined, so let me spell it out for you:
” . . . when a ’60 Minutes’ correspondent pointed out flood-damaged cars on the streets [in the devastated Ninth Ward of New Orleans], Nagin shot back, ‘You guys in New York can’t get a hole in the ground fixed, and it’s five years later. So let’s be fair,’ according to CBS.”
I’m sorry, what?
Basically what I said on air was that Nagin’s response is the kind of thing you expect to hear on an elementary school playground. What’s next, a “yo’ mama” joke? Our “hole in the ground” isn’t a hazard to anyone’s health; it’s a scab on a slowly healing wound, one that has psychological ramifications. In the face of a terrorist attack, while our city was still under seige, we started the clean-up. I know that Katrina caused more physical devistation than the WTC attacks, but New York has done a fine job of recovering, thankyouverymuch. Do I even need to mention how insulting it is for him to respond in that manner to a city that immediately sent mobile medical clinics, firefighters, police officers, and engineers, and whose lawmakers worked on a program to ensure that New Orleans got the kind of federal funding that NYC received in 2001?
Ray Nagin is a booger-faced poopy-head, and he’d better learn to be nice, or we’re not going to play with him anymore. Nyah.