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Re: “Ray Nagin: the Blur

Could not be more on target than this, Clancy. I hope everyone in New Orleans has a "beef" with our mayor taking a trip to Sunny Beaches while the city languished in disarray after a devastating event. I would like to note that in 2008, he best characterized what was happening in New Orleans in the first four months after the storm in his State of the City address:

"Right after the storm, I assembled 17 diverse New Orleanians and charged them with figuring out how to rebuild. We called them the Bring New Orleans Back Commission.

We held 173 town hall meetings here and around the country. Those were tough meetings. People were scared, they were angry, and they were not shy about voicing their opinions, frustrations, and directives. It was their city at stake. The commission members sat for hours and hours and listened and heard.

Then four months later they delivered a plan that exemplified what the mayor of Charleston was talking about -- empowerment.

And it paved the way for the next step: the Unified New Orleans Plan, which we call the people’s plan.

During the UNOP planning process, our citizens continued to show up in droves, and packed community congresses. They logged on to computers at public libraries, and participated via satellite. They filled convention centers and stadiums in Georgia and Texas and San Francisco.

There was a newfound vigilance in our citizens.

Our people were not the same -- could not be -- because they realized their lives, their homes, their family’s legacies hung in the balance, and that demanded nothing less than their full participation.

We were starting to reinvent ourselves."

I guess he would like to forget that while all of this involvement and responsiveness was happening, he took a free vacation to Jamaica with family and friends. I just wonder how he could forget a trip he never returned from...

Posted by proudtoswimhome on 05/13/2009 at 5:03 PM

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