[UPDATE, Sunday 4 September 2005]
I'll punch anyone who criticizes our sheriffs, including the President"
Sen. Mary Landrieu, on ABC's Sunday program "This Week" showed the paucity of federal help, including a single crane working on the levee break. The day before, for Bush's photo op, it was a buzzing with equipment and activity.
See this link for the video.
The Saturday, 3 September 2005 version of the Senator:
“But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment."
Senator Mary Landrieu on Thursday, 1 Sept 2005
Anderson Cooper interviewed Sen. Landrieu (D-LA), who immediately went into a spiel thanking the President, the Congress, ad nauseum, about what a great job they were all doing.
It was like listening to a Oscar award winner going on and on.
Watch the video of CNN's Anderson Cooper getting fed up with Landrieu.