Obama Criticizes Bush’s Response to Katrina on New White House Website

  • Published on January 21st, 2009

Obama promises to correct Bush's mistakes in New OrleansOut with the old and in with the new!  Following Obama’s inauguration, change is already underway.  From halting tribunals at Guantanamo Bay to accelerating the drawdown of troops in Iraq, Obama is wasting no time as the United States’ 44th president.

The “new era of responsibility” expressed in Obama’s Inaugural Speech extends to the past, particularly criticizing George W. Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina on the new White House website.

President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.

President Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina. Citing the Bush Administration’s “unconscionable ineptitude” in responding to Hurricane Katrina, then-Senator Obama introduced legislation requiring disaster planners to take into account the specific needs of low-income hurricane victims. Obama visited thousands of Hurricane survivors in the Houston Convention Center and later took three more trips to the region. He worked with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to introduce legislation to address the immediate income, employment, business, and housing needs of Gulf Coast communities.

President Barack Obama will partner with the people of the Gulf Coast to rebuild now, stronger than ever.

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Broken promises, catastrophic failures, unconscionable ineptitude…yep, that pretty much sums up the last eight years under George W. Bush. Of course, Bush still defends his response to Katrina:

The truth of the matter is the response was pretty darn quick if you think about the fact that the Coast Guard and a lot of brave kids were pulling 30,000 people off of roofs as soon as the storm passed, as soon as they found people on those roofs.

There is no doubt the Coast Guard acted bravely, but New Orleans’ population is currently 72% that of pre-Katrina.  In fact according to a new report, the city still has a long way to go before it can sustain its pre-Katrina population:

• Rents across New Orleans are 46% higher today than pre-Katrina. This year, a two-bedroom apartment in the city rents for an average of $990, up from $676 in 2005.

• There are 65,000 blighted properties or empty lots throughout the New Orleans area.

• The New Orleans area added 8,000 jobs in the past 12 months, less than a fourth of the number added in the previous time period.

The time has come to help the people of New Orleans.  The time has come for the US government to take responsibility for the devastating effects of this natural disaster. The time has come for Obama to be our leader.

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Jennifer lives on 160 acres off-the-grid in a home built with her own two hands (and several more skilled pairs of hands) from forest fire salvaged timber. Her home is powered by a micro-hydro turbine, and she has been a vegetarian for 21 years. Jennifer graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in art education and has been teaching art to children for over 16 years. She also spent five years teaching in a one-room schoolhouse before becoming the mother of two beautiful children. Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently teaching preschool, as well as k-8 art. She enjoys writing, gardening, hiking, practicing yoga, and raising four akitas. Jennifer is the founder and editor of Eco Child's Play (http://ecochildsplay.com) "I’ve always been concerned about the earth and our impact upon it. Now that I have children, I feel compelled to raise them with green values. From organic gardening to alternative energy, my family tries to leave a small carbon footprint." Please visit my other blog: http://reallynatural.com

6 comments

  • LOL….Obama has made more stupid statements in 3 years than President Bush, VP Quayle, Gore and Kerry have in their lifetimes….He is an empty suit who still refuses to post his grades….90 games of golf in less than 3 years. Bush played 24 times in 8 years….Obama hustled America once….see if he does it again

    • Just to correct the record: George W. Bush gave up golf in 2003, less than two years into his term. He clearly wasn’t an enthusiast – his passion was mountain biking, which he continued to do.
      In other words: Nice way to “lie with statistics”.
      From USA Today:
      That Obama left the golf course to conduct the nation’s business is not out of the ordinary. Since William Howard Taft started chipping golf balls in the front yard of the White House in 1909, golf has had a hold on every one of the 18 Commanders-in-Chief but three. Woodrow Wilson played in the snow with golf balls painted red so the Secret Service could find them. Dwight Eisenhower played more than 800 rounds while in office and had a putting green built on the South Lawn. John F. Kennedy was considered the best player with the most graceful swing. Richard Nixon was known to kick his ball out of the rough. Ronald Reagan putted on Air Force One . Bill Clinton had a reputation of being very liberal with his scorecards. Both of the Bushes played rapidly, as if their presidential limousine was double-parked.

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