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    Clinton: Government 'failed' people

    Tuesday, September 6, 2005 Posted: 0149 GMT (0949 HKT)


    Former President Bill Clinton spoke to CNN on Monday.WATCH Browse/Search

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    HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- Former President Bill Clinton on Monday said the government "failed" the thousands of people who lived in coastal communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and said a federal investigation was warranted in due time.

    "Our government failed those people in the beginning, and I take it now there is no dispute about it," Clinton told CNN. "One hundred percent of the people recognize that -- that it was a failure." (See interview -- 2:32 )

    He and former President George H. W. Bush have launched the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to help raise money for those left homeless by the storm. (Full story)

    Clinton is just the latest in a long line of critics who have blasted the federal government for not moving fast enough to help people in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, which slammed into the Gulf Coast one week ago as a Category 4 hurricane.

    He said that the utmost priority was saving people now -- and evaluating the mistakes in the months to come.

    "We've got the departments on the ground, we've got the military on the ground, we've got a chance to do it right now, and we should do it right," he said. "And then in an appropriate time we should analyze what went wrong and why and what changes should be made."

    As with the 9/11 commission charged with looking at the events leading up to and after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Clinton suggested a bipartisan Katrina commission be formed. It would investigate what went wrong and determine "what is the best structure and what are the best personnel decisions" to make in emergency management, he said.

    The elder Bush echoed Clinton's sentiment, telling CNN's Larry King that he is "not satisfied" with the handling of the hurricane's aftermath.

    Nonetheless, he defended his son's performance.

    "What can he do? He can just go out and do what he's doing today, showing that the federal government's involved, has been involved, will continue to be involved ... He cannot listen to every critic from the editorial page of The New York Times," the elder Bush said.
    if you give me a rep PLZ LEAVE YOUR NAME so i can know who you are,especially if you leave me a bad one,have the damn guts to leave ur damn name!

  • #2
    Originally posted by Bely
    "Our government failed those people in the beginning, and I take it now there is no dispute about it," Clinton told CNN. "One hundred percent of the people recognize that -- that it was a failure." (See interview -- 2:32 )
    I don't think the hard-headed government-worshippers on this forum ever grasped that fact...

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    • #3
      What do y'all expect from the poor president? That man was on his vacation! He had to rest up and regain his strength, what with leading our country to victory in the Iraq War and everything. Man's got to have his rest you know!! Just try interupting me from my vacation 2 days early just to attend to some pesky work thing. Working man deserves a few days off, you know.

      "If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."


      John Lennon

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      • #4
        no shit? people were failed?
        the last vet.before everyone got vetted
        Originally posted by MarshallArts
        Who's got you quoted in their sigs? Are they as equally worthy as those that have sigged me? I just can't imagine it.

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        • #5
          u guys sound like crazy libs! lol am i rite????

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          • #6
            I'm a conservative deomcrat.
            I want to fix our health care system, balance our budget, our constitutional rights to be protected and wages to keep up or out-pace inflation.
            the last vet.before everyone got vetted
            Originally posted by MarshallArts
            Who's got you quoted in their sigs? Are they as equally worthy as those that have sigged me? I just can't imagine it.

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