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  "That is perspective! This is all the perspective you need!" — Fox News' Shepard Smith, standing above the thousands of people trapped at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, screaming at anchor Sean Hannity, who had just called for "a little perspective" on the situation. — Sept. 2, 2005

  "There's no earthly answer that anyone can understand why these people, after six days, are still in this filthy, filthy, miserable convention center! ... You cannot deny that it's six days since this natural disaster befell New Orleans. ... It is not a question of objectivity. It is a question of reality!" — Fox News' Geraldo Rivera, outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Sept. 2, 2005

  "But to my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed us. You looked down on us; you dismissed our victims; you dismissed us. You want our Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and our music. Then when you saw us in real trouble, when you saw a tiny minority preying on the weak among us, you called us 'Sin City,' and turned your backs. Well, we are a lot more than all that. And though we may seem the most exotic, the most atmospheric and, at times, the most downtrodden part of this land, we are still part of it. We are Americans. We are you." — Anne Rice in The New York Times, Sept. 5, 2005

  "What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this ... this is working very well for them." — Former First Lady Barbara Bush, after touring the Katrina aid camp in the Houston Astrodome, Sept. 5, 2005

  "Given the abysmal failure of state and local officials in Louisiana to plan adequately for or respond to the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans, and given the long history of public corruption in Louisiana, I hope the House will refrain from directly appropriating any funds ... to either the state of Louisiana or the city of New Orleans." — Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., Sept. 7, 2005

  "New Orleans puts the 'D' into dysfunctional. Only a sadist would insist on resurrecting this concentration of poverty, crime and deplorable schools. Yet that's what New Orleans cheerleaders — both natives and beignet-eating tourists — are advocating. They predict that once they drain the water and scrub the city clean, they'll restore New Orleans to its former 'glory.'" Jack Shafer, press critic for, Sept. 7, 2005

  "The left is happy. They're energized. They're excited in the midst of a national disaster where many of their own constituents were harmed and maybe killed." Rush Limbaugh on his radio show, Sept. 9, 2005

  "I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9-11 victims." Glenn Beck on his radio show, Sept. 9, 2005

  "Throughout the area hit by the hurricane, we will do what it takes; we will stay as long as it takes to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives." — President George W. Bush, speaking from Jackson Square, Sept. 15, 2005


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