Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tuesday list: Quotes

1. "These are single-family residences, and that's what they were intended for."
--Audrey Andrews, V.P. of a homeowner's association in Ocala, Fla., discouraging her neighborhood from taking hurricane refugees into their homes.

2. "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees."
-- President George W. Bush

3. "Paula, the federal government did not even know about the convention center people until today."
--Former FEMA director Mike Brown, in an interview with Paula Zahn, Sept. 1.

4. "[ . . .] you are dealing with the permanently poor -- people who don't have jobs, are not used to getting up and organizing themselves and getting things done and for whom sitting and waiting is a way of life,"
-- Linda Chavez, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity and a former head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

5. "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?"
-–House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX), to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston

6. "Last night, we showed you the full force of a superpower government going to the rescue."
-–MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Sept. 1.

7. "I also want to encourage anybody who was affected by Hurricane Corina to make sure their children are in school."
-–First Lady Laura Bush, twice referring to a "Hurricane Corina" while speaking to children and parents in South Haven, Mississippi, Sept. 8

8. "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 (chuckle) – this is working very well for them."
-–Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the Hurricane flood evacuees in the Houston Astrodome, Sept. 5

9. "Judge Roberts can, maybe, you know, be thankful that a tragedy has brought him some good."
-–Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson

10. "Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen."
--D.H. Lawrence, "Lady Chatterly's Lover"


  1. Consider the D.H. Lawrence quote stolen by me for my own nefarious purposes. Thanks.

  2. Came over from Eschaton-thnx for the hint.

    The Barbara Bush quote is devastating in its entirety--and, amazingly--almost every outlet has "pruned" out the first sentence: "What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in TX." To me that's even worse than the patronizing comment about their poverty. The first is, dare I say it, pretty racist (or classist? would she have said the same thing if they were all white poor people?).


  3. Homeowners associations are eeevil. They'll be the shock troops when the bourgeoisie goes fascist.

  4. douches. every last one of 'em. well, not dh lawrence.

  5. Ugh. It's hard to know which of these quotes is most repugnant, but there's something so decidely ... coarse about DeLay asking those boys if they thought being a refugee was fun.

    And Laura Bush not knowing the name of the hurricane is almost as bad as her husband not knowing how to pronounce "Abu Graib" after it had been in the news constantly for a week. Unacceptable.