Here's some excerpts:
PHILLIPS: ...we can go back to "The Times Picayune" and the investigation ... when reporters revealed that time after time, monies were asked for from all types of various politicians, of the politicians you worked side by side with, laws that you yourself vote on, and monies that should have gone to Louisiana to take care of the problems with regard to the flood control systems.And I think it's unfair that FEMA is just singled out. There are so many people responsible for what has happened in the state of Louisiana.
PELOSI: Well, that's true. That is true. And I'm sorry that you think it's unfair. But I don't.
PHILLIPS: What about all the warnings from the Army Corps of Engineers ... years ago, saying there's a problem with these levees, there's a problem with this city.
PELOSI: Kyra, Kyra, Kyra... (Mispronouncing Ms. Phillips name.)
PHILLIPS: It's Kyra.
PELOSI: ... if you want to make a case for the White House, you should go on their payroll.
PHILLIPS: I'm not making a case for the White House, by all means, believe me.
(It was ironic and amusing to see Nancy get so desperate that she'd accuse the very liberal CNN of shilling for Bush.)
PELOSI:But the point is not to argue about that. The point is, where do we go from here to help these people? The last thing the American people need is bickering right now over this...
(Fascinating hypocrisy, considering all the Dems have done is bicker and try to blame Bush.)
PHILLIPS: So you think taking Mike Brown out of FEMA right now and replacing Mike Brown...with somebody else...will change this entire dynamic and solve the problem?
(To truly appreciate this exchange you'd have to see Kyra's face and hear the incredulity in her voice. And listening to Nancy sputter and try to think on her feet.)
PELOSI: I do, indeed. ... This is about each individual person whose family has been affected. This isn't about politics or anything else.
PHILLIPS: So you don't think it was politics that even got us all to where we are today ... as we look at New Orleans, and we look at these other devastated areas. ... You think politics had nothing to do with this disaster right now.
(Again Kyra's expression and tone were priceless, as if she couldn't believe Pelosi had the gall to claim it wasn't all about the politics. ... At this point Pelosi suggests an "independent commission" to investigate the "failures". Ms. Phillips can't believe her ears.)
PHILLIPS: Now, you had all these reports that were put forward talking about how this was going to happen to New Orleans, that Hurricane Pam, this project that was put forward, was showing and revealing all these problems with the levees and the ... flooding systems there. And we heard from the Army Corps of Engineer. Now we see, despite all those warnings, what happened in New Orleans and what happened to other states. And now all of a sudden, everybody wants more investigations and more commissions. I mean, this is pathetic. How many things ... have to go wrong in our country, and how many... investigations and commissions do we need?
PELOSI: We need as many until we make the country safer for the American people. We all have to settle down and take a deep breath...
(This was one of the most entertaining moments of the segment. As Nancy said "settle down" and she obviously struggled to think of what to say next, her face was so contorted with frustration and bewilderment I fully expected her head to start spinning around a la "The Exorcist".)
PHILLIPS: And by all due respect, nobody in this organization or any network is on the payroll of the Bush administration right now. Everybody has been challenging every leader in every agency in this disaster, because it's pathetic to see something like this happen in the United States and to see dead bodies still on the ground in -- on American soil. It is absolutely pathetic.
Retired from the US Air Force after more than 20 years of service. Now working as a contractor for various government agencies.