CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 27, 2005
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Former FEMA director Michael Brown’s testimony in Congressional hearings on the response to Hurricane Katrina reviewed & quoted.
(Washington: Bob Orr) Brown’s appearance before Congress, where he blamed Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for the delayed & uncoordinated evacuation, reviewed; scenes shown of the empty chairs of Democrats who boycotted the hearing. [BROWN – says, “I know what I’m doing”; states his biggest mistake was not realizing Louisiana was dysfunctional; declares, “you want me to be this superhero...”] [Representatives Gene TAYLOR, Christopher SHAYS- lambaste Brown.] Brown’s role as a paid consultant to FEMA discussed.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.
(New Orleans: Sharyn Alfonsi) The reaction in New Orleans to Brown’s testimony featured; statement from Blanco’s spokesman quoted; details given of the resignation of New Orleans police Superintendent Eddie Compass. [NAGIN – says he feels sorry for Brown.] [Former New Orleans health director Dr. Brobson LUTZ- says New Orleans was the city FEMA forgot, the governor forgot, & the mayor didn’t take care of.]
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Death toll for Hurricane Katrina outlined by state.