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Issue No. 1968

“I’m going to go home and walk my dog and hug my wife and maybe get a good Mexican meal and a stiff margarita and a full night’s sleep.”
Michael Brown, resigning from the US department in charge of the New Orleans rescue when his lack of experience was discovered

“Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?”
Republican leader in the US house of representatives Tom De Lay, to a group of New Orleans evacuees in a Houston shelter as he suggested that their temporary home was like a summer camp

“We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did.”
US congressman Richard Baker

“Missing the personnel is the big thing in this particular event. We need our people.”
Spokesman for the Mississippi National Guard Andy Thaggard, explaining that it was difficult to get enough National Guard soldiers to help with the relief efforts because many are serving in Iraq

“When I saw 5,000 African-Americans on the causeway — desperate, perishing, dehydrated, babies dying — it looked like Africans in the hold of a slave ship.”
Rev Jesse Jackson, on New Orleans

“That man, the king of vacations, the king of vacations in his ranch said nothing but, you have to flee, and didn’t say how. That cowboy, the cowboy mentality.”
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, on George Bush


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Sat 17 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1968
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