Criticism for George's handling of the disaster in New Orleans is mounting domestically as well as internationally
President Bush finally made it to the US flood zone [today], amid fury at his administration's failure to give prompt help to New Orleans. As a Louisiana senator awarded a "grade F" to the response to the crisis and warned of more than 10,000 dead, large-scale aid was at last beginning to arrive in the swamped and lawless city. Mr Bush, leader of the richest nation on earth and floundering in the face of a Third World-style disaster, conceded five days on that the rescue effort was "not acceptable". As far back as 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was saying that a major hurricane hitting New Orleans was one of the three "likeliest, most catastrophic disasters facing this country". But the president nicknamed Dubya has constantly slashed the agency's budget, leaving flood defences unrepaired. He appointed inexperienced people to run it, then the body was swallowed up by the Department of Homeland Security.
But he still had the nerve to squeeze in a round of golf
after his photo-ops. I guess coming back from a 5-week vacation, one really has to eeeease back into this whole work thing.