…In the radio interview, [Mayor Ray] Nagin’s frustration was palpable.
“I’ve been out there man. I flew in these helicopters, been in the crowds talking to people crying, don’t know where their relatives are. I’ve done it all man, and I’ll tell you man, I keep hearing that it’s coming. This is coming, that is coming. And my answer to that today is BS, where is the beef? Because there is no beef in this city. ”
Nagin said, “Get every Greyhound bus in the country and get them moving.”
Nagin called for a moratorium on press conferences “until the resources are in this city.”
“They’re feeding the people a line of bull, and they are spinning and people are dying,” he said.
“I don’t know whether it’s the governor’s problem, or it’s the president’s problem, but somebody needs to get … on a plane and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out right now,” Nagin said.
“They thinking small, man, and this is a major, major deal,” he said.
“Get off your asses and let’s do something.”
The mayor said except for a few “knuckleheads,” the looting is the result of desperate people just trying to find food and water to survive.
Nagin blamed the outbreak of crime and violence on drug addicts who are cut off from their drug supplies and wandering the city “looking to take the edge off their jones.”
Nagin is in his first term as mayor. He was sworn in May 2002. A Democrat, he was a popular reform candidate who promised to clean up the city’s political corruption. He’s a former cable company executive.