RUSH: Well, as you know — we were talking about it during program yesterday — we had record rainfall yesterday, right here. Down in Miami they got less than half an inch, which is just 67 miles down the road. We had over eight and a half inches here yesterday, and the whole crew, all four of us, we did not get outta here ’til 11 o’clock last night, because the parking garage is below street level, and it had three feet of water in it. There was a car in there, it was a Mercedes, and we were happy to see a Mercedes get ruined because we have class envy here. I’m glad it wasn’t some little Toyota thing, a Mercedes was ruined in the parking garage. The owner couldn’t be found. The keys were nowhere to be found. He was off at a meeting someplace.
It was a mess, folks, it was a literal mess and then the building owner went el cheapo, got one tiny little pump that was removing about an inch or inch and a half of water per hour. Snerdley and Brian were able to drive out because they’ve got these behemoth SUVs. The water level was like what, 15 inches when you guys left, 15 or 17 inches? As long as you’re above the tailpipe it’s no problem. Water gets in the tailpipe, you have a big problem. I could not get my car out. I had to traipse out, folks — this is so demeaning to me — I had to actually walk down some steps. Then I had to traipse through about an inch of water that was still on the lobby floor in my dress shoes. I mean, it was humiliating, it was tough duty. Then one of my staff picked me up in a staff SUV. I was sitting around on the street like I’m hitching a ride. Thank goodness it was night and the street lights were not on or I would have attracted a crowd.
I can’t just go to bed when I get home so I was up ’til two in the morning doing things that I would have done had I gotten hope at a normal time. It stopped raining, this is the thing, it stopped raining at three in the afternoon for all intents and purposes. It was not just us, although we are the most important people in this building, everybody in this building was stuck here for as long as we were. FEMA was nowhere to be found. Of course, you know, we’ve got a very nice complex here, so it wasn’t bad. I mean, it’s just absurd, you go down there and take a look at the progress on sucking the water out with that tiny little Playskool pump, and it was just, “What is this? This is 2006 America. Where do you think we are, Baghdad?” I told these guys — this happened once before, but it was over a weekend back in the mid-nineties — I told these guys, Brian said, “Well, they’ll have it fixed in about a half hour, an hour,” telling me this at 3:30 yesterday afternoon. I said, “Brian, we’ll be lucky to get out of here tomorrow.” “Oh, no, no, no, they’re working on it.” The pump kept blowing a circuit breaker. They couldn’t keep the pump running, and that, of course, was our fault. The circuit breakers are on our floor of course.
Anyway, the poor pump guys, there were two guys just standing here all night watching the pump, pump an inch of water an hour. I drove back in this morning and those poor guys are still standing there in the same place I saw them. (Laughing.) When I left — pump observers, that is exactly right — (laughing) — exactly what it was. At any rate, we found time to occupy ourselves here. But it was frustrating and we feel like we’ve never left. I, of course, had a dinner last night, couldn’t go to the dinner, nobody could come here, other residents of the building, tenants. I didn’t hear this personally, but Snerdley and Brian would go down there every ten minutes or so to check the water just to prove me wrong, come back up. One time they came up and said, “Some of the tenets down there are wondering if you’re still here.” “Why?” “Well, they think if you could get out, they can get out, and you probably called a chopper or could do something.” I said, “No, I’m the most important person in the building, and I’m not leaving until everybody else can.” This was about leadership last night. (interruption) Was there any what? (Laughing.) There was no looting, other than my potato chips.
You guys were eating my potato chips and pretzels. No, there was no looting here at the building. Although one guy, this is typical Palm Beach — the reason this happened is because the street flooded. It rolled into the bottom floor of the first floor of our parking garage, and it was really, if you’ve seen any of the pictures, it was really — more rain yesterday in a six hour period than in the last two hurricanes. Sorry, Al Gore. One guy in a Rolls-Royce just stalled because of the water in the street right in front of our complex here. This typical Palm Beacher, nobody else but him, he just got out of his car and called a cab and left. The car stalled right in the middle of the road, blocking two lanes. So they had to call a tow truck and so forth. We’re watching all of this, saying, “Well, at least the Rolls-Royce guy is out.” We were stranded here last night, ladies and gentlemen, at the EIB Southern Command. But all’s well that ends well. So not much sleep last night.
I should be honest, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Snerdley is very upset with me for lying to you about the dire circumstances we all faced in the flood and the aftermath of the flood last night here at the EIB Southern Command. The rapes and the murders that took place. Nobody cared, the media didn’t show up, Bush doesn’t care. There are three black people in this building, folks, and the White House never called. Nobody cared, nobody cared a whit about us. We had distress calls all over the place but they sent one measly little pump. We were stranded here. No refrigeration, all the food going to — (laughing) — no, please — (laughing) — understand here, it’s going to be a giddy day, ladies and gentlemen, it really is. I am barely awake here. I mean I’m awake, but I’m barely what? Cogent.
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