Reynolds asked Connie London: “Did you harbor any anger toward the President because of the slow federal response?” She rejected the premise: “No, none whatsoever, because I feel like our city and our state government should have been there before the federal government was called in.” She pointed out: “They had RTA buses, Greyhound buses, school buses, that was just sitting there going under water when they could have been evacuating people.”
(GP Ed. Note – Is Connie a blog-reader?)
Not one of the six people interviewed on camera had a bad word for Bush — despite Reynolds’ best efforts. Reynolds goaded: “Was there anything that you found hard to believe that he said, that you thought, well, that’s nice rhetoric, but you know, the proof is in the pudding.” Brenda Marshall answered, “No, I didn’t,” prompting Reynolds to marvel to anchor Ted Koppel: “Very little skepticism here.”
I guess we should listen to those who were in New Orleans, since I’m not sure any of us “Pundit Morning Quarterbacks” were there ourselves.
UPDATE (from GPW): Listening to NPR this morning, Blogger Matt Duffy heard only negative reactions from evacuees to the president’s speech. His conclusion:
What’s the difference between the ABC News coverage and NPR’s this morning? Simple. Because ABC was broadcasting live, they didn’t have the ability to present the news according to their frame. NPR, having 12 hours with which to work, managed to present the speech from the proper perspective: Bush sucks.
HT: Polipundit’s Athena.