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MSNBC - Bush takes blame for flaws in Katrina response

"WASHINGTON - President Bush said Tuesday that he takes responsibility for any federal failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina, adding that the disaster raised broader questions about the government’s ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks.

“Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government,” Bush said when asked about the federal response at a White House news conference with the president of Iraq.

“To the extent the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility,” he said. “I want to know what went right and what went wrong.”


No doubt the left will seize on this as an admission that "It's ALL my fault", as if the President personally sent the Hurricane into New Orleans.

Yet this is simply leadership.

Notice that in Louisiana no one is accepting responsibility. Not the Mayor of New Orleans nor the Governor. For them it's the "blame game" maximized.

"It was the closest Bush has come to publicly finding fault with any federal officials involved in the hurricane response, which has been widely criticized as disjointed and slow. Some federal officials have sought to fault state and local officials for being unprepared to cope with the disaster."


In all this you never heard the President blame anyone. You heard the MSM throwing around blame, in fact, they are the only ones "widely criticizing" and blaming almost before Katrina hit landfall. As well you also heard the aforementioned leaders of the State throw around the blame around this past week.

Aside from the simple fact is that the majority of the problems that occured with the Katrina reponse (overhyped as the story was by the MSM), was on the local and state officials of Louisiana, the President is a Leader and a Leader takes responsibility and will now set about to fix what is wrong.

Contrast this with how Democratic Leaders usually handle disaster? Not well at all.

From Bill Clinton blaming Kenneth Star for his inability to keep his pants on, to his wife (The Senator from NY), Hillary blaming a "vast right wing conspiracy", you'd be hard pressed to find any democratic leader of recent memory taking personal responsibility things that go on during their watch - very hard pressed.

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