"Right now the days seem awfully dark for those affected, I understand that. But I'm confident, that, with time, you get your life back in order, new communities'll flourish. The great city of New Orleans will be back on it's feet, and American'll be a stronger place for it. The country stands with you. We'll do all in our power to help. May God bless you. Thank you."
President George Bush, Washington D.C. Wednesday August 31st (MSNBC via Crooks and Liars)
"President Bush don't need to be the President no more. President Bush ain't doin' his job. We got the whole coast line destroyed. I'm out here starvin', hungry, I finally got me a bottle a water and able to call my momma...."
Robert Wack, auto mechanic, Biloxi MS (MSNBC same as above)
"I have a handicapped daughter. She's over there with her wheelchair. She's hot. We don't have any water. I'm afraid she's going to have a seizure."
Danielle Shelby, after tugging on a reporter's sleeve outside the Superdome, New Orleans. (NYT)
"I've been in the food line twice, and every time I get to the front they tell me they don't have any left,"
Juanita McFerrin, 80, outside the Super Dome (same NYT piece)
"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees. They did appreciate a serious storm but these levees got breeched and as a result much of New Orleans is flooded and now we're having to deal with it and will."
President George Bush, September 1st, GMA