U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu responds to Bush’s Katrina comments

January 12, 2009

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has responded to President Bush’s comments during his last press conference this morning regarding Hurricane Katrina and Rita response. Bush, still trying to defend his administration’s inaction after Katrina, said, “Don’t tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs right after the storm passed.”

Landrieu’s response:

The President’s assertion that the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee breaks was anything but slow and disgracefully dysfunctional reveals that the administration’s tunnel vision has unfortunately remained constant since August 29, 2005.

“Clearly there were mistakes made at every level of government, and I and other Louisiana leaders have accepted responsibility for our own. But no state is equipped to respond to a catastrophe of this magnitude, and for this reason, federal law specifically tasks the federal government to step up. It did not, and the President’s failure to account for that responsibility more than three years later is terribly disappointing.

“Improvements have been made, and many lessons have been learned. FEMA’s response to subsequent disasters has improved, but much, much more must be done to reform FEMA and the Stafford Act to prepare our nation for the next catastrophe. In the meantime, it is not productive to make light of the suffering following Katrina or Rita to continue glossing over the abject failures of this administration.

News organizations aren’t buying Bush’s Katrina revisionist history, either. CNN’s Campbell Brown used her “Cutting Through the Bull”  segment last night to show how Bush is still detached from reality when it comes to his Katrina failures:


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