Yesterday at a press conference President Bush said, “Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government. And to the extent that the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility.”
Well, to the extent that the president understands what it means to take responsibility, I applaud his statement. Perhaps he has turned over a new leaf and is considering taking responsibility for some of the other things that have happened during his administration.
As Bill Maher put it “we’ve lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two Trade Centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans.”
I think I would have added something about failing to find Osama bin Ladin, leading the US into attacking Iraq under false pretenses, making a bad situation there not just worse, but a greater threat to the US and the world than it was before, and tolerating torture and abuse of prisoners by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison.
There is little doubt that the “federal government didn’t fully do its job right” following Hurricane Katrina. We’ll just have to wait and see what the President’s idea of taking responsibility is.