It’s still galling to remember how the George Bush-hating media and American Left used the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina seven years ago to club him over the head.
No one had to tell us how destructive it was, slamming with full force into the Crescent City Below Sea Level and taking over 1800 lives along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere as the storm raged inland.
Mr. Bush was following the law waiting for what turned out to be dawdling incompetents to ask for federal assistance as Katrina howled toward the coast. He eventually took control of the evacuation and relief efforts, alas too late to help thousands of people in the storm’s path.
Yet he was castigated, as was the oversight by the federal relief agency FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). The late reaction was turned into a political billy club and effectively obscured from public view the timidity of local politicians and bureaucrats who had primary responsibility for the safety of their citizens.
So, if anything good can be said to come from the Katrina disaster, it’s the role of FEMA. Never again, it seems, will the federal relief agency be caught standing around when disasters hit.