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Media Lies About Bush Actions Before Katrina

This is almost a parody of how far our one party media will go to smear President Bush, day in, day out.

You would think from this hit, from the terrorist lovers at Reuters, that Bush had never even given Katrina a thought before it hit on August 29th:

AP caption: President Bush is handed a map by Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin, center, during a video conference with emergency management organizations on Hurricane Katrina at his ranch Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005.

Brown warned White House before Katrina struck

Fri Feb 10, 2006 1:44 PM ET

By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former federal disaster chief Michael Brown told a Senate panel on Friday he had warned President George W. Bush that New Orleans was facing catastrophe the day before Hurricane Katrina struck.

The committee is investigating failures by federal, state and local officials to deal properly with the August 29 storm and particularly why the Bush administration was so slow to react to the emergency.

Brown as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency emerged as the main scapegoat for the government’s response.

He told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee he had held a video conference call the afternoon of August 28, the day before the hurricane struck, which he specifically recalled Bush listened in on.

Brown said he warned top administration officials on the call that a disaster was looming and that the government should go on top alert and cut through red tape in its response. "I knew in my gut this was the bad one," he said.

Some 1,200 people died and hundreds of thousands were made homeless in the storm, which devastated parts of the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Brown, who was forced to resign two weeks after the disaster, said he also briefed White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin, who was with Bush at his Texas ranch, about the extent of the disaster on the evening of Aug 29.

"I told him (Hagin) that we were realizing our worst nightmare, that everything we had planned about, worried about, that FEMA, frankly, had worried about for 10 years was coming true," Brown said.

He added that he did not recall whether Bush himself was in on that telephone call but was not worried because "I knew that in speaking to Joe, I was speaking to the President."

Bush was nearing the end of his month-long summer vacation when the hurricane struck and remained at the ranch for two days after the disaster. He played golf the following day.

SLOW REACTION

The committee is trying to discover why Bush and senior administration officials apparently believed that New Orleans had been spared the worst effects of the hurricane for hours after the city was already flooded.

On September 1, Bush said in a television interview, "I don’t think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees."

Yet Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the committee’s ranking Democrat, cited a report from the National Weather Service at 9:14 a.m. on August 29 that at least one of the levees protecting the city was breached. He cited numerous other reports as that day went on describing a massive disaster.

"Our investigation has shown a gross lack of planning and preparation by both the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA," Lieberman said.

On September 2, Bush toured the area and told Brown, a lawyer, Republican activist and former commissioner of an Arabian horse association, "Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job." But a week later, with public anger rising, Brown was recalled to Washington. He resigned a few days later.

Brown told the committee he felt he had been made a scapegoat. "I certainly feel somewhat abandoned," he added.

He said he believed he had had a good relationship with Bush, but added: "Unfortunately he called me "Brownie" at the wrong time. Thanks a lot sir," he said, to laughter.

Brown blamed the poor federal response to Katrina partly on the absorption of FEMA into the Department of Homeland Security, which was focused on preventing terrorist attacks and neglected the threat of natural disasters. He urged that it be set up as a separate agency once again.

He said that if a terrorist bomb had breached one of the levees in New Orleans, the department would have instantly mobilized. But because the threat was from a natural disaster, the response from senior officials was less urgent.

The morning after Katrina struck, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff boarded a plane for Atlanta for a previously-scheduled meeting on avian flu, at a time when residents of New Orleans were fighting for their lives, Chertoff will testify to the committee on Tuesday.

Brown said he had not sought to brief Chertoff directly because it would have "wasted my time."

Utah Republican Sen. Robert Bennett responded: "That is a staggering statement. It demonstrates a dysfunctional department to a degree far greater than any we have seen."

Brown’s testimony struck a very different tone from his previous appearance before Congress a month after the disaster when he blamed local officials, called the state of Louisiana "dysfunctional" and defended his own performance.

But, in fact, Bush was so concerned about Katrina before it hit, he had called for the evacuation of New Orleans the day before. It was even reported by the DNC’s Associated Press:

Mandatory evacuation ordered for New Orleans

8/28/2005 6:14 PM
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — The mayor of New Orleans has ordered a mandatory evacuation as Hurricane Katrina bears down on the city.

New Orleans is considered especially vulnerable to the Category Five storm because it sits below sea level, and needs levees and pumps to keep out water.

Mayor Ray Nagin is calling the mandatory evacuation order unprecedented, and said anyone who could leave the city should…

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said President Bush personally appealed for the mandatory evacuation.

And behold another AP version of the same report on the (pretend) mayor’s news conference:

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

Even (fake, but sometimes accurate) CBS News reported this:

Bush Warns Of Katrina’s Danger

Crawford, Texas, Aug. 29, 2005

(CBS/AP) President Bush on Sunday [August 28th] urged people living in the path of Hurricane Katrina to take the storm extremely seriously and to move to safer ground. "We cannot stress enough the danger this hurricane poses to Gulf Coast communities," said the president.

"We will do everything in our power to help the people and the communities affected by this storm," President Bush said as Katrina bore down on a stretch of coastline that includes New Orleans, a city sitting below sea level with 485,000 inhabitants. "I urge all citizens to put their own safety and the safety of their families first by moving to safe ground."

Oh, and about this very damning claim from Reuters:

The committee is trying to discover why Bush and senior administration officials apparently believed that New Orleans had been spared the worst effects of the hurricane for hours after the city was already flooded.

Well, maybe President Bush reads the "Paper Of Treason Record," the New York Times:

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Katrina Misses New Orleans,
Heavily Damages Mississippi

By Joseph B. Treaster and Kate Zernike

NEW ORLEANS

Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast with devastating force at daybreak Monday, sparing New Orleans the catastrophic hit that had been feared but inundating parts of the city and heaping damage on neighboring Mississippi where it tossed boats, ripped away scores of roof tops and left many of the major coastal roadways impassable.

In fact, the Washington Post, CBS News, NBC, NPR and many others in the omniscient establishment press also reported New Orleans had been spared. And, in fact, it was. Katrina was only been a middling Category 3 storm when it hit New Orleans.

By why should Reuters or any of the DNC’s hirelings in the media let facts get in the way of doing their masters’ bidding?

Bush must be blamed.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 10th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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