A natural disaster gives our wise leaders a chance to show their sensitive side and that they're still in touch with the people (or not as the case may be). There have been plenty of stupid quotes made by people who should know better following the hurricane. Here are just a few:
"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, Sept. 9, 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 (chuckle) – this is working very well for them." – Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the hurricane evacuees at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 5, 2005.
"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." – President Bush, to FEMA director Michael Brown, while touring hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, Sept. 2, 2005 (about 10 days before Brown lost his job).
"You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals...many of these people, almost all of them that we see are so poor and they are so black, and this is going to raise lots of questions for people who are watching this story unfold." – CNN's Wolf Blitzer, on New Orleans' hurricane evacuees, Sept. 1, 2005.