RUSH: Let me see. (sigh) I don’t want to play all four of these. The money sound bite is from Lieutenant General Russell “Ragin’ Cajun” Honore. He has a press conference. (sigh) I guess I gotta play all of these. I don’t want to play all of these. I got four of these things and the money one is the last one. I’ll go to the money one. I’ll set this up. He’s got a press conference. The mayor is getting questions, and Honore gets fed up and takes over the press conference, because he gets fed up with the questions that the reporters are asking. In fact, let’s play the last two, grab cut eight and grab cut nine. An unidentified reporter said, “General Honore, we were told that Vernon Stadium will be another staging area. Are you using that area or not?”
HONORE: Understand that there’s a problem in getting communications out. That’s where we need your help. But let’s not confuse the questions with the answers. Buses at the convention center will move our citizens for whom we have sworn that we will support and defend, hooah? and we’ll move them on. Let’s not get stuck on the last storm. You’re asking last-storm questions for people who are concerned about the
RUSH: So he’s getting frustrated because he knows that he’s just facing a bunch of people that are confrontational and argumentative and are really not interested in the facts of what he’s saying and he’s down there trying to help people find their way back out of this town, as Hurricane Rita threatens the area with more flooding. An unidentified reporter says, “Just understand a little bit more about why that’s happening this time, though, and did not happen last time. The question here: Why are you doing it this time and you didn’t do it last time?”
HONORE: You are stuck on stupid. I’m not going to answer that question. We’ve got to deal with Rita. This is public information that people are depending on the government to put out. This is the way we gotta do it. So please, I apologize to you, but let’s talk about the future. Rita is happening. Right now we need to get good, clean information out to the people that they can use, hooah? and we can have a conversation on the side about the past a few months from now.
RUSH: Yeah, “In which I will give you the riot act is what he’s saying.”
“You are stuck on stupid.” That the line of the day. That the perfect response to any badgering reporter’s question:
“You are stuck on stupid.” The person to ask that question to is Mayor Nagin. The person to ask that question to is Governor Blanco. By the way, in the press, do any of you ever see the words “Democrat mayor Ray Nagin” or “Democrat governor, Kathleen Blanco”? No, tell me. I haven’t seen it, but others may have. Have you seen it, Mr. Snerdley? Democrat governor once in a while, but I remember “
I keep telling you. It is part of the news cycle and it’s arguably a five-year cycle, and that cycle is, “What can we do to hurt Bush? How will this hurt Bush, how might it help Bush? How can we make sure it doesn’t help Bush? How can this help the Democrats? What can the Democrats do to benefit from this?” Whatever the story is, those are the questions that surround it — and there remains a huge current of events that they are missing, such as something is going