Bush’s first-draft effort at excusing himself post-Katrina always seemed completely feeble:
“I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees”
We all knew that he was full of it. Hurricane experts knew, the government’s own engineers knew and most of the residents of New Orleans knew that the levees could go if they got hit with a big enough storm surge. The only people who apparently didn’t anticipate a levee failure were George Bush and his empty-suit head of homeland security, Michael Chertoff.
Now, amusingly if you’re not a victim of the catastrophic clusterf**k that was Katrina, the AP has obtained video evidence that even that wasn’t true:
WASHINGTON — In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans’ Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.
Bush didn’t ask a single question during the final briefing before Katrina struck on Aug. 29, but he assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: “We are fully prepared.”
Needless to say, this video came from somebody who has a beef with the president. As Bush’s star dims it’ll be interesting to see how many more of those folks are out there and what kind of material they’re sitting on.
John Amato, of course, has the video.