Press Conference Held by Lt. General Russel Honoré (2005)
On 31 August 2005, Lt. General Russel Honoré was appointed to lead Joint Task Force Katrina, the military operation coordinating relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Honoré’s experience with monsoons in South Korea made him the most experienced person for the job, and his arrival brought a steady, authoritative presence to the situation following the perceived failure of the local and federal government. Shortly after arriving, Honoré famously marched through the streets of the city and ordered soldiers to draw down their weapons, an effort to show that the army would not treat people as enemy combatants, but as American citizens.
Several weeks later in the midst of the relief operation Hurricane Rita approached the Gulf Coast A few days before the hurricane made landfall Honoré held a press conference with Mayor Ray Nagin In a moment that helped to define his no nonsense demeanor Honoré shut down ...