Ray Nagin

(Clarence Ray Nagin Jr.)

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Hurricane Katrina was a disaster. It exposed the soft underbelly of America when it comes to race and class. Discrimination & Prejudice
It’s bullshit. When people are dying, bureaucracy should be thrown out. I saw a guy kill himself at the Superdome. Two policemen have committed suicide. Bureaucracy
Let’s have a moratorium on press conferences …. Get off your asses and let’s do something and fix the biggest doggone crisis in the history of this country. Management & Managing Government
They are spinning and people are dying. Public Relations & Image
You guys in New York City can’t even get a hole in the ground fixed. And its been 5 years. Let’s be fair. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
At the end of the day, I believe truth is stronger than any lie that's out there. Truth
At the Superdome, a young man came up to me holding a baby. He'd run out of diapers. He'd run out of medicine. His baby was sick. The guy's saying, 'Help me! Take my baby.' What could I do? That's the definition of helpless.
Basically, the start of my thinking process is: 'OK, if you didn't have to worry about re-election, what would you be doing?' That's kind of how I'm starting to think.
I always feel that in politics, you have a bridle on. Well, I took the bridle off. And I tell you, it felt pretty good. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don't think that any person can fix FEMA. I think FEMA needs a total restructuring. I think it needs to be taken from scratch and redone. The regulations are outdated; the rules are outdated.
I need a break from politics, that's for sure. This is the hardest job in America. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I want to continue to stay plugged into New Orleans and help people who are still struggling with the recovery here, and then, if I can help around the country and around the world, absolutely, I'll be open to that.
I was among the people in the Superdome. I knew what was going on every minute. I did not have air conditioning nor shower facilities. I made decisions based upon facts and not what I thought was going to happen. So history will judge me based upon those actions. History
If it were my decision, I'd knock the Superdome down. If I couldn't knock it down, I'd just open the roof and gut the whole inside - totally modernize it. If you just dust it off and paint a little bit but don't reimage it, the legacy will be horrible.
If we're unified, there's nothing we cannot do.
I'll just tell you, I'm not a big FEMA fan.
I'm a lifelong Democrat, but I have supported some Republicans. I'm all about results, man. If somebody can deliver, that's where I'm gonna go. It's about who can get the job done.
Ladies and gentlemen, I wish I had better news for you but we are facing a storm that most of us have feared. This is a threat that we've never faced before.
One of the best moments I've ever had in New Orleans is seeing Bourbon Street filled on a weekend night not long ago. Just watching the city breathe again.
The people of our city are holding on by a thread. Time has run out. Can we survive another night? And who can we depend on? Only God knows. Time ;Religion & God
The reality of Katrina didn't really strike me until the first time I flew up in a helicopter and saw areas of the city that I had ridden my bicycle as a youth being fully flooded. Time
This city will be chocolate at the end of the day. This city will be a majority-African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. Religion & God
We are facing a storm that most of us have long feared.
We could receive a storm surge of three to five feet.
We're learning as we go. We're a lot smarter this time. We understand what it takes to mobilize away from the threat of a hurricane. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time
When people are dying, bureaucracy should be thrown out of the water.