Ray Nagin

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Clarence Ray Nagin (born June 11, 1956, in New Orleans) is the Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina[edit]

  • They're feeding the people a line of bull, and they are spinning and people are dying.
    • Interview with New Orleans radio station WWL, September 1, 2005[1]
  • 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.
    • Interview with New Orleans radio station WWL, September 1, 2005
  • They thinking small, man, and this is a major, major deal.
    • Interview with New Orleans radio station WWL, September 1, 2005
  • Get off your asses and let's do something.
    • Interview with New Orleans radio station WWL, September 1, 2005
  • There's way too many frickin' -- excuse me -- cooks in the kitchen.
    • Interview with WAPT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, August 31, 2005[2]
  • I need reinforcements, I need troops, man. I need 500 buses. Get every dog-gone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans … This is a major, major, major deal. I can't emphasize that enough."
    • Television Interview, September 2, 2005 [3]
  • I just tell you, I'm not a big FEMA fan.
    • Transcript for September 11, Ray Nagin, Arlen Specter, John Barry & Ivor van Heerden[4]
  • You know, I'm sure I could have done a lot of things much better, but I will tell you this, Tim: I was there.
    • Transcript for September 11, Ray Nagin, Arlen Specter, John Barry & Ivor van Heerden
  • I think I did everything possible known to any mayor in the country as it relates to saving lives.
    • Transcript for September 11, Ray Nagin, Arlen Specter, John Barry & Ivor van Heerden

Martin Luther King Day speech, 2006[edit]

  • As we think about rebuilding New Orleans, surely, God is mad at America. He's sending hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroying and putting stress on this country. Surely, he's not approval [sic] of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But, surely, he is upset at black America, also.
    • Speech at a Martin Luther King memorial service [5]
  • I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day...This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be.
    • Speech at a Martin Luther King memorial service [6]
  • You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about.
    • Explaining the previous remarks.[7]
  • New Orleans was a chocolate city before Katrina. It is going to be a chocolate city after. How is that divisive?
    • Further explaining the previous remarks.[8]

Violent Crime[edit]

  • Do I worry about it? Somewhat. It's not good for us, but it also keeps the New Orleans brand out there, and it keeps people thinking about our needs and what we need to bring this community back. So it is kind of a two-edged sword.
    • Responding to a TV reporter's question about the murder rate [9]
  • Some of these guys are so violent that it is hard for witnesses to come forward, and they get involved in repeat criminal activities, so it is unfortunate that they had to die, but it did kind of end the cycle that we were struggling with.
    • Discussing two brothers suspected in 14 murders who were found shot to death [10]


Reelection campaign[edit]

  • This economic pie that is getting ready to explode before our eyes is going to be shared equally.
    • Speech after making into run off for mayor, April 23, 2006. [11]

About New York City[edit]

  • It's all right. You guys in New York City can't get a hole in the ground fixed, and it's five years later, so let's be fair.
    • Response to a reporters question addressing the length of the Katrina rebuilding efforts [12]


Attributed[edit]

  • The rise of the Earth's temperature, causing sea level increases that could add up to one foot over the next 30 years, threatens the very existence of New Orleans.

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