WH Pool Report: What They're Drinkin' in NOLA
In this White House pool report, we discover what still available in New Orleans's finer restaurants:
While Bush was at dinner, the pool was taken several blocks away to the Red Fish Grill, where the menu featured “Katrina Rita” drinks (herradura, triple sec, lemon and lime juice with a splash of blue curacao), “Cat 5 Hurricane drinks” (a shot of 151) and “Curfew and coke.”Is it shaken, stirred, or beaten?
Full report after the jump
Subject: POOL REPORT #3, 10/10/05
Date: October 10, 2005 9:12:01 PM EDT
Smidge of color from the helicopter landing – we landed just outside the New Orleans Convention Center, one of the infamous evacuee sites from a few weeks ago. Then we took a brief, eerie motorcade ride into the unexpectedly lively French Quarter. Bush got out at a restaurant called Bacco, on Chartres Street near the intersection of Bienville, described by Zagat’s and its own web site as an intimate Italian restaurant that is owned by the famous Brennan restaurateurs and one of whose specialties is black truffle fettucine – but that, on Monday night, had a scaled-back menu that featured gumbo, grilled red fish, ribeye steak, herb roasted chicken and barbecue shrimp.
According to Trent Duffy, in the earlier meeting, with Plaquemines and Jefferson parish officials, Bush told the participants: “The American people have their arms out. We want you to know that a lot of people care.” It was what Duffy described as an “open exchange” between the participants, about 18 or so. There was talk about the levees and how there is a “challenge in trying to bring together a system” that is more cohesive, since some levees are controlled federally, others locally, others privately. They talked about “insurance issues” and housing, Duffy said. He said that representatives from Plaquemines in particular were concerned with displaced residents (some 70% of people from that parish were displaced).
Duffy said Bush said he would work hard with Congress, and talked about the community disaster zone law enacted on Friday.
While Bush was at dinner, the pool was taken several blocks away to the Red Fish Grill, where the menu featured “Katrina Rita” drinks (herradura, triple sec, lemon and lime juice with a splash of blue curacao), “Cat 5 Hurricane drinks” (a shot of 151) and “Curfew and coke.”