New Poll Shows Louisiana Republicans Blame Obama For How Bush Handled Hurricane Katrina
In 2005, then-President George W. Bush occupied the White House as Hurricane Katrina came ashore and devastated the Gulf Coast of America. The category 3 storm killed over 1,500 people in Louisiana, left almost 1 million Louisianans without electricity, hundreds of thousands of people were rendered homeless, tens of thousands were left stranded, and tens of billions of dollars in damage occurred.
But President Bush wasn’t actually inside the White House when Hurricane Katrina slammed the state. He was on one of his many vacations at his ranch in Texas and didn’t travel back to Washington until one day later. Even after he returned, the response to the devastation was poorly handled. It is widely accepted that President Bush responded inadequately to the disaster as multiple agencies under his watch, namely FEMA and Homeland Security, failed to do their jobs. Louisiana emergency responders didn’t receive adequate supplies to deal with the injured and dying. Food relief didn’t reach those stranded at the Superdome until days after the hurricane struck. The inept response led to the resignation of FEMA head Michael D. Brown not long after Bush told the media he was doing great job handling the disaster. How Bush handled his administration during Hurricane Katrina is one of the worst jobs in American history, and is one reason why Americans voted against Republicans in the 2008 Presidential Election.
Eight years later, Louisiana Republicans are now unbelievably blaming President Obama for the poor response to Katrina. A new Public Policy Polling survey found that most Republicans in Louisiana aren’t sure if they should blame Bush or Obama for how Katrina was handled, a a good number actually do blame Obama.
According to Talking Points Memo,
Twenty-eight percent said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response while 29 percent said Obama, who was still a freshman U.S. Senator when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was more responsible. Nearly half of Louisiana Republicans — 44 percent — said they aren’t sure who to blame.