June 29, 2010

Sean Payton: They Cried "Tears of Joy"

Posted: 02:20 PM ET

Below is an excerpt from New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton from his new book "Home Team: Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life."  In this excerpt, Payton describes the scene of the Saints Super Bowl Victory Parade.

These were the people we’d been playing for – people who’d lost so much and struggled so valiantly, literally crying tears of joy. They’d lived through unthinkable hardship: losing their homes, being scattered across the country, some of them seeing their relatives drown. They came from every neighborhood and every background. Relative newcomers and people whose families have been in Louisiana for centuries. Black people. White people. People in such elaborate costumes, you couldn’t tell who they were. All of them were united in triumph now.

These were the people Jimmy Buffett was talking about when he called New Orleans “the soul of our country.” They have been so kind to us. I truly have come to treasure them.

Eighty percent of their city was flooded when the levees broke. They’d lost their jobs. People they’d known, people they loved had been forced to leave and weren’t coming back. Government had failed them at every level. The media had grown bored and moved on. And yet these people still had not lost their will to celebrate. Their spirit made me care deeply about a place I had barely known before. Their courage inspired a struggling football team all the way to the Super Bowl.

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Smith in Oregon   June 29th, 2010 4:40 pm ET

With the entire State of Louisiana praising and cheering the utterly corrupt Federal Judge in Louisiana with Big Oil ties that struck down President Obama's moratorium on deep Ocean Oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico, I'm finding it harder now to feel sorry or much compassion for the people in Louisiana who desperately need help due to the enormous crude Oil gusher from the blown BP well in Louisiana's waters.

No one wants Louisiana to simply deal with this huge disaster themselves and yet all the White House is requesting is a Environmental Impact study and a Federal Emergency contingency plan filed for each of the current and future deep Ocean crude Oil drill sites. That not only seems entirely reasonable, it also seems entirely prudent to have those contingency plans in hand before rushing into yet another crude Oil disaster.

I'm disappointed in yet another 'lapse' in background by Anderson Cooper in his extended and ongoing interviews with Mississippi Governor Haley Barber, 'It bothers me to talk about causing an escrow to be made, uh, which will, which makes it less likely that they'll make the income that they need to pay us'.

What Anderson Cooper either didn't even know or didn't want the viewers to realize is that Haley Barber was previously a Big Oil Lobbyist himself and is the largest Big Oil fund raiser for the entire Republican party. Haley Barber on AC360 stated crude Oil wasn't toxic nor poisonous! Crass, false comments like that are entirely inappropriate for a news agency like CNN.

For many weeks, Haley Barbour has been downplaying the toxicity and danger of the oil. Back in mid-May, Barbour said the oil spill will have "minimal impact,".

Anderson Cooper also seemed to omit other Haley Barbour statements "the oil is just like delicious food and therefore harmless" metaphors during the whole disaster.

How can a informed reporter forget the classic Haley Barbour description of the oil as "weathered, emulsified, caramel-colored mousse, like the food mousse." Yum.

And the good news is, according to Big Oil's Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, "Once it gets to this stage, it's not poisonous."

Haley Barbour is certifiably a Big Oil mouth-piece and a nut! A strong supporter for the Confederate Army who recently made the public statement regarding the slavery controversy in Virginia, "It's trying to make a big deal out of something doesn't amount to diddly."

Tony Mac   June 29th, 2010 8:17 pm ET

I thought Haley Barbour said everything was just fine and that the beaches are pristine

But in Biloxi, residents and fishermen confronted BP officials with sarcastic questions, angry that after months of planning, the response had not been faster.
"BP's efforts are not perfect. We will try harder next time," said Terry Hikson, a BP official supervising the cleanup.
Some children on vacation in Biloxi stepped into tar balls before their parents whisked them away from the beach.

Ya think maybe the fishermen should point a finger at
"everthing is just fine, come on down, have some fried chicken, cause if you don't eat it I sure as hell will " Haley Barbour

Cody Graves   July 15th, 2010 12:28 am ET

The New Orleans Saint's winning the superbowl was the biggest thing to happen in my life. So I am glad Sean Payton made a book about it to give us a behind the scenes look.

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