General Honore is a welcome breeze of fresh air! He's also an example of why the military is the one thing the Federal Government does right. With Hurricane Rita moving into the Gulf of Mexico, the Military is on site, staging for an evacuation of New Orleans again. Earlier today, the General stepped up and helped bail out Mayor Ray Nagin in a news conference, clarifying the situation and then fielding dumb questions from reporters -- some wanting to challenge what was going on, others trying to replay what did or didn't happen with Hurricane Katrina. But, you know what the General did? HE PUT THEM IN THEIR PLACES! An example:
"Question from male reporter on busing evacuees out: 'But General, that didn't work the first time...'
"Honore: 'Wait a minute. It didn't work the first time. This ain't the first time. Okay? If...we don't control Rita, you understand? So there are a lot of pieces of it that's going to be worked out. You got good public servants working through it. Let's get a little trust here, because you're starting to act like this is your problem. You are carrying the message, okay?'"
Later, another reporter tried a follow-up: "'General, a little bit more about why that's happening this time, though, and did not have that last time...'
"Honore: 'You are stuck on stupid. I'm not going to answer that question. We are going to deal with Rita.'"
WOW! Talk about telling it "like it is"! In fact, most reporters ARE permanently "stuck on stupid". Dan Rather comes to mind, for some reason...
Hat tip to RadioBlogger You can read his full post -- which includes a link to audio -- here.