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Louisiana GOPers Unsure If Katrina Response Was Obama’s Fault

Posted by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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Poll: Louisiana GOPers Unsure If Katrina Response Was Obama’s Fault

A significant chunk of Louisiana Republicans evidently believe that President Barack Obama is to blame for the poor response to the hurricane that ravaged their state more than three years before he took office.

The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, provided exclusively to TPM, showed an eye-popping divide among Republicans in the Bayou State when it comes to accountability for the government's post-Katrina blunders.

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.

Bush was criticized heavily when he did not immediately return to Washington from his vacation in Texas after the storm had reached landfall. The government was also slow to provide relief aid and Michael Brown, then-director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), admitted in a televised interview that he learned that many of the storm's victims at the New Orleans Convention Center were without food and water well after the situation had been reported in the press.

Brown's handling of the response ultimately led to his resignation, but Bush offered an infamous endorsement of the FEMA chief only days before he stepped down. 

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," Bush said.

PPP Louisiana poll, August 2013

by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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NWP
by Guerilla Girl on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

LOL

LucyMom08
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM
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Whaa...?

Oh, they're definitely not showcasing their state education system in a positive light...
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Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM
Ha!
Well, since democrats are still blaming Bush for everything wrong attached to the Obama Administration, I see no reason why LA can't blame Obama for the response to Katrina.
Too funny!
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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Dork. :) 

Not Obama's fault, silly. Definitely the fault of Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco - the city and state first, over the federal government. Absolutely.

Anyone who knows anything about what happened, and what those two did and didn't do, knows that they skated by in the public perception, but were far more to blame for loss of life and the hardships experienced by residents.

autodidact
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:43 PM

who has blamed bush for drone strikes? 

Quoting Analeigh2012:

Ha!
Well, since democrats are still blaming Bush for everything wrong attached to the Obama Administration, I see no reason why LA can't blame Obama for the response to Katrina.
Too funny!


autodidact
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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and do you really think there is no difference in blaming the previous admnistration's lingering effect and blaming someone who was a different state's rep and a single member among a large legislative body? 

Quoting Analeigh2012:

Ha!
Well, since democrats are still blaming Bush for everything wrong attached to the Obama Administration, I see no reason why LA can't blame Obama for the response to Katrina.
Too funny!


Lorik1969
by Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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Well, it would really help their cause if Obama actually had ANYTHING to do with the Katrina response. The comparison really isn't valid since they could substitute Captain Kangaroo for Obama, and get the same result.


Quoting Analeigh2012:

Ha!

Well, since democrats are still blaming Bush for everything wrong attached to the Obama Administration, I see no reason why LA can't blame Obama for the response to Katrina.

Too funny!

Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM
No I really don't.
I guess no one has a sense of humor.

Of course it is completely ridiculous to blame O'Bama for that!


Quoting autodidact:

and do you really think there is no difference in blaming the previous admnistration's lingering effect and blaming someone who was a different state's rep and a single member among a large legislative body? 

Quoting Analeigh2012:

Ha!

Well, since democrats are still blaming Bush for everything wrong attached to the Obama Administration, I see no reason why LA can't blame Obama for the response to Katrina.

Too funny!


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