Quotes by: Ray Nagin

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Ray Nagin
60th Mayor of the City of New Orleans
In office
May 6, 2002 – May 3, 2010
Preceded by Marc Morial
Succeeded by Mitch Landrieu
Personal details
Born Clarence Ray Nagin, Jr.
(1956-06-11) June 11, 1956 (age 60)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Seletha Smith Nagin (m. 1982)
Children 3
Alma mater Tuskegee University
Religion Roman Catholic (Getty Images)

I was among the people in the Superdome. I knew what was going on every minute. I did not have air conditioning nor shower facilities. I made decisions based upon facts and not what I thought was going to happen. So history will judge me based upon those actions.
Ray Nagin
I need a break from politics, that's for sure. This is the hardest job in America.
Ray Nagin
The people of our city are holding on by a thread. Time has run out. Can we survive another night? And who can we depend on? Only God knows.
Ray Nagin
The reality of Katrina didn't really strike me until the first time I flew up in a helicopter and saw areas of the city that I had ridden my bicycle as a youth being fully flooded.
Ray Nagin
I don't think that any person can fix FEMA. I think FEMA needs a total restructuring. I think it needs to be taken from scratch and redone. The regulations are outdated; the rules are outdated.
Ray Nagin
I always feel that in politics, you have a bridle on. Well, I took the bridle off. And I tell you, it felt pretty good.
Ray Nagin
At the Superdome, a young man came up to me holding a baby. He'd run out of diapers. He'd run out of medicine. His baby was sick. The guy's saying, 'Help me! Take my baby.' What could I do? That's the definition of helpless.
Ray Nagin
One of the best moments I've ever had in New Orleans is seeing Bourbon Street filled on a weekend night not long ago. Just watching the city breathe again.
Ray Nagin
If it were my decision, I'd knock the Superdome down. If I couldn't knock it down, I'd just open the roof and gut the whole inside - totally modernize it. If you just dust it off and paint a little bit but don't reimage it, the legacy will be horrible.
Ray Nagin
I want to continue to stay plugged into New Orleans and help people who are still struggling with the recovery here, and then, if I can help around the country and around the world, absolutely, I'll be open to that.
Ray Nagin
We're learning as we go. We're a lot smarter this time. We understand what it takes to mobilize away from the threat of a hurricane.
Ray Nagin
I'm a lifelong Democrat, but I have supported some Republicans. I'm all about results, man. If somebody can deliver, that's where I'm gonna go. It's about who can get the job done.
Ray Nagin
Ladies and gentlemen, I wish I had better news for you but we are facing a storm that most of us have feared. This is a threat that we've never faced before.
Ray Nagin
This city will be chocolate at the end of the day. This city will be a majority-African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way.
Ray Nagin
At the end of the day, I believe truth is stronger than any lie that's out there.
Ray Nagin
Basically, the start of my thinking process is: 'OK, if you didn't have to worry about re-election, what would you be doing?' That's kind of how I'm starting to think.
Ray Nagin
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