Here's what he told the press in NOLA during his Magical Mystery Tour of the storm-ravaged city last week:
...The speaker on Friday repeated his claim that his comments were misconstrued. "What I said was before you rebuild New Orleans you had better make sure that you don't put (residents) in harm's way. That's why we're here, and that's what we're doing," he said.Now, I have a pretty piss-poor memory, especially when there are distractions, like there were (undoubtedly) all around Heavy D and the Boyz last week in Fat City.
But here's what the lying sonofabitch really said:
"It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed," the Illinois Republican said in an interview Wednesday with The Daily Herald of Arlington, Ill.For the record, it was Ron Bonjean, the Mumbler's Mouthpiece, who told Newsmax (the source for the above) the following day what Hastert really meant when he implied New Orleans residents were stubborn, and that much of the place could be bulldozed.
Hastert, in a transcript supplied by the newspaper, said there was no question that the people of New Orleans would rebuild their city, but noted that federal insurance and other federal aid was involved. "We ought to take a second look at it. But you know we build Los Angeles and San Francisco on top of earthquake fissures and they rebuild too. Stubbornness."
Of course, as a Pretend Media Outlet, NewsMax was more than happy to write whatever Bonjean said.
I gotcha. He said bulldozed, when he meant "protect its citizens." So he was for bulldozing it before he was against it?
But wait... there's more from the Times-Picayune article:
...Neither of the House leaders indicated whether they will support President Bush's recent hurricane relief request for an additional $19.8 billion from Congress, which includes $4.2 billion to rebuild damaged housing in Louisiana and $1.5 billion for levee armoring and other storm protection measures. They weren't asked about the request because the group took only one question from reporters. Hastert declined more questions after being asked about his comments concerning the rebuilding of New Orleans shortly after the storm hit.I see. So the billions wasted by FEMA so far on ice shipments to Maine and trailers sinking into the mud in Arkansas, and all the graft you slimy bastards have created with contractors is just like water under the bridge?
"We want to make sure that money is spent to the best advantage of the taxpayers and the people of New Orleans," Hastert said.