The mayor says political leaders should stop giving news conferences and concentrate instead on getting the relief effort up to speed. Mr. Nagin says this is not the time for politics, as he watches his city fall apart. "I am at the point now where it does not matter. People are dying. They do not have homes. They do not have jobs. The city of New Orleans will never be the same," he added.
President Bush has also expressed frustration at the slow pace of recovery and has called on officials on the scene to do more. The president was touring the devastated region, and was scheduled to meet with Governor Blanco and other officials.
Another problem vexing the relief effort is lawlessness. Criminals have taken advantage of the crisis, and have been hijacking relief vehicles, and reportedly even firing guns at helicopters. National Guard Lieutenant General Steven Blum says his forces are well armed, but that their job is not to go after the delinquents.