The videotape captured a briefing, one day before Katrina stuck on Aug. 29, involving then-
Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown, President Bush, Homeland Security Secretary
Michael Chertoff and other officials. Brown and others warned that the storm could breach levees, endanger lives in the New Orleans Superdome and overwhelm rescuers.
Five days after the briefing, with most of New Orleans underwater, Bush said, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.”
White House and Homeland Security officials urged the public not to read too much into the video footage.
Right. Right. Right. I’ll just trust that you have my best interests at heart, and that the government of this country can be trusted.
It’s true that the somewhat sketchy worst-case predictions of Katrina’s wrath aren’t as “BUSH LIED” as the initial reports seem to make it, but it’s clear that the “President” offered only platitudes and prayer to state officials.
He was “on message” even then. Is there a ring-pull at the back of his neck?