New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin explains in a radio interview why he didn’t use the hundreds of his city’s school buses to evacuate residents:
“I need 500 buses, man,” he told WWL. “One of the briefings we had they were talking about getting, you know, public school bus drivers to come down here and bus people out of here.”
Nagin described his response:
“I’m like – you’ve got to be kidding me. This is a natural disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans.”
While Nagin was waiting for his Greyhound fleet, Katrina’s floodwaters swamped his school buses, rendering them unusable.
Let’s try to follow the Mayor’s “logic” here:
- There were hundreds of buses available to him
- He would have preferred 500 Greyhound buses
- There were not 500 Greyhound buses available to him
- Therefore, he didn’t use the buses he had
And therefore, thousands of people were trapped in the city, with no means to escape. And many of them died.
I think this guy’s MENSA card needs to be revoked…