Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said it all, starting his news briefing Saturday afternoon: “Louisiana is a city that is largely underwater…”
Well there’s your problem right there.
If ever a slip-of-the-tongue defined a government’s response to a crisis, this was it.
I can’t imagine a time in my memory where the government, in doing the job it is fundamentally in the business of doing, has failed us this badly. This will marr Bush’s presidency and his legacy to the world. The saddest thing is, throughout this crisis, he and his administration have seemed oblivious to all the facts anybody who is watching CNN knows.