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Geraldo Gets Testy With Governor Blanco

Reported by Deborah - September 24, 2005

Kathleen Blanco probably got tired of hearing Fox talking about the great Texas response to Rita prompting her to give Louisiana a much needed pat on the back for something they did right. Geraldo got kind of nasty with Blanco accusing her indirectly of being partisan which was exactly what he was doing himself. 9/24/05

Geraldo singing the praises of the Texan response like everyone on Fox has done all day, was talking to Blanco like she was an under achieving sibling. All day reference has been made to the lessons that Texas has learned from the failures of Katrina. Blanco started to make some comparisons between the two disasters in an effort to stand up for Louisiana but Geraldo didn't like that.

Interrupting Blanco, Geraldo, in a testy voice, took Blanco to task for mentioning that Texas had federal help pre positioned before the storm and for comparing the Louisiana evacuation to the one in Texas. "Are you suggesting that the Texas evacuation was ill planned?" Gerald challenged.
Blanco was strong and clear telling Geraldo that the Louisiana evacuation was planned very carefully and she watched it unfold perfectly just like it had been envisioned. "We spent time with our evacuation plan..magnificent plan."

Geraldo went from Blanco to a Republican Congressman from Texas who reminded Geraldo that they were burdened by the evacuees from Katrina making the Texas evacuation harder.

Then Geraldo complained to Congressman Boustany, D. from LA that he was not happy with the partisan perceptions calling it "unseemly and unobjective". Boustany replied that natural disasters do not play politics which really got Geraldo going on about how everyone should be working together.

comment: So if that's the case Geraldo, why didn't you give Governor Blanco and Louisiana some positive reinforcement for an excellent evacuation plan? Maybe you're the one with partisan perspective.

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