Reporter: "...apparently there's a section of our citizenry out there that thinks because of a law that says the federal government can't come in unless requested by the proper people, that everything that's going on to this point has been done as good as it can possibly be."If only more politicians would tell it like it is like this guy. I like him, and I feel for him.
Reporter: "I know you don't feel that way."
Nagin: "Well, did the tsunami victims request - go through a formal process to request? You know, did Iraq, did the Iraqi people requst that we go in there? Did they ask us to go in there? What is more important? This is a - you know, and I'll tell you man, I'll - I'm probably gonna get in a whole bunch of trouble. I'm probably gonna get in so much trouble it ain't even funny, they won't wanna deal with me after this interview. [...] We authorize 8 billion dollars to go to Iraq. Lickety-quick. After 9/11, we gave the president unprecedented powers. Lickety-quick. To take care of New York and other places. Now you mean to tell me that a place where most of your oil is coming through, a place that is so unique when you mention New Orleans anywhere around the world, everybody's eyes light up, you mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that have died, and thousands more that are dying every day, that we can't figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on, man. [...] I don't know whose problem it is, I don't know whether it's the governor's problem, I don't know whether it's the president's problem, but somebody needs to get their ass on a plane and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out. Right now. [...] This is ridiculous. And I don't wanna see anybody do any more goddamn press conferences. Put a moratorium on press conferences. Don't do another press conference until the resources are in this city. And then come down to this city and stand with us when there are military trucks and troops that we can't even count. Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here, they're not here. It's too doggone late. Now get off your asses and do something, and let's fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country."
Nagin begs us all to flood our elected officials with calls and e-mails calling them to action.
UPDATE: Here it is in Windows Media Audio.