Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)
Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D-N.O.)
Actor Brad Pitt
Radio host Garland Robinette
Author Douglas Brinkley
Actor Wendell Pierce
Williams: Hi the Hurricane anniversary is too important to leave to that Dancin Dave Gregory -
it requires the most insufferably pompous man in television
Williams: I’m here with U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and baseball great Cal Ripken
Mitch: no I’m Mitch Landrieu
Williams: who the hell is that?
Mitch: I’m the Mayor of New Orleans
Williams: no shit
Williams: We got Nothin’ but Landrieus!
Williams: was it a natural disaster?
Mitch: this was a man-made disaster - the motherfuckin levees broke!
Williams: why should anyone give a shit about
Mitch: we have the greatest culture in America
Williams: well thank god we have a white Mayor again - you guys are the Cajun Camelot!
Mitch: boo ya!
Williams: you’re white so you’re blameless right?
Mary: the hurricane was great opportunity to remake South Louisiana - the nation has been looting this area for decades!
Williams: George Bush said he would do what it would whatever it takes to fix New Orleans
Mary: unsurprisingly that turned out to be total bullshit
Williams: but Mississippi did great
Mary: Haley Barbour may claim that but that isn’t true either
Williams: Mitch would you ever walk in black neighborhood without a bodyguard and an
Mitch: sure I do it all the time
Williams: you’re kidding
Mitch: no really
Williams: Katrina was the best thing ever to happen to the schools of New Orleans
Mitch: well that’s not well put but it’s nice that
FEMA rebuilt every school
Williams: people in the U.S. think y’all is crazy because your state was soaked in oil and your first reaction is ‘let’s keep drilling!’
Mary: [ puts down cell phone ]
Sorry I was checking with the oil companies
before formulating my answer
Williams: what did they tell you to say
Mary: Oil companies are the loveliest best most sincere people on earth
Williams: I see
Williams: Please bash President Obama for me
Mitch: no he did a great job - BP was outrageously irresponsible
Williams: ok please bash Ray Nagin for me
Mitch: look the levees broke and Bush let us down - the rest is irrelevant
Williams: Glen Beck got 300,000 people to ask god to stop by and say hello
Mary: that moron may not know that God has always blessed America and his hate government agenda is fucking stupid
Williams: what do the Saints winning the Superbowl mean to New Orleans
Mitch: now that was God talking Brian -
it was redemption and resurrection!
Williams: Brad you’re a big star - why are you here
Pitt: I love the smell
Williams: what else
Pitt: it’s got verve
Williams: you’re building homes but what if they
get destroyed again?
Pitt: the homes are safe but the levees could
Williams: well that seems like a problem
Pitt: it’s up to the Corps of Engineers
Williams: but they fucked up in the first place
Williams: BP is so wonderful they took your slogan
Pitt: god I hate those dastardly thieving motherfuckers
Williams: are these Green houses
Pitt: it’s the Greenest area in the whole world -
they produce more energy than they use
Williams: ironic they don’t need the oil they despoil their state to provide for everyone else
Williams: what happened here 5 years ago?
Robinette: we saw America reduced to a third-world nation it was mind boggling
Williams: I asked George Bush about this and he said you can call me anything you want-
Audience: oh good
Williams: but he said don’t call me a racist
Audience: stupid, incompetent, dishonest?
Bush [at home, drunk]: aw c’mon Robby I did a heckofa job!
Robniette: you can’t deliver food and water to trapped Americans - it doesn’t make any goddam sense!
Williams: it does seem like something you wouldn’t see on the Vineyard
Robinette: we’re the canary in the coal mine - America we are your future - look on us and despair!
Williams: Wendell you come from black neighborhood with a low crime rate - it’s amazing
Pierce: the rebuilding is like a grassroots
Brinkley: don’t forget Mississippi
Williams: Hey I passed over Mississippi
Williams: David what is New Orleans?
Brinkley: this is a great historic city but let’s not overstate the case - it’s mostly criminals, cancer
Williams: but the Saints!
Brinkley: fuck that - you need to save the wetlands and end the third-world mentality that pervades this place
Robinette: hey America - you want to pay $5 a gallon for gas - keep it fucking up!
Williams: oh noes
Robinette: people are short-sighted and when you ask them to actually think they get a dull glaze on their eyes
Williams: speaking of that here’s an old clip from Meet The Press showing how the federal government failed 5 years ago
Pierce: that disaster lifted the veil on racism in America - it’s an indictment of the nation and if we are going to move past it we have to confront race and class and education in America and then work together to make it right
Brinkley: Katrina showed real poverty in America - but this shit is al over in America
Williams: Rob glass half-full or empty?
Robinette: half-full for New Orleans -
half-empty for America
Williams: and that’s another edition of
Meet The Press