These words were spoken today by President George W. Bush en route to the Gulf Coast area, “We are going to restore order in the city of New Orleans.”
President Bush, facing scathing criticism of the government response to Hurricane Katrina, conceded on Friday it had been unacceptable as he visited the ravaged Gulf Coast and flooded New Orleans.
“Where it’s not working right, we’re going to make it right,” Bush said. “We are going to restore order in the city of New Orleans.”
Katrina’s aftermath presents Bush with his greatest emergency since the September 11, 2001, attacks. He has already been struggling with the lowest approval ratings of his presidency amid rising discontent with the Iraq war.
Before leaving the White House for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to view damage, Bush was blunt in his appraisal of what had been done in the four full days since the deadly storm struck on Monday morning.
“The results are not acceptable,” Bush said.
CNN/AP: Bush goes on to further discuss the his trip to the region and the aftermath of the hurricane’s destruction.
I’m not looking forward to this trip,” Bush said as he set out for a firsthand look at the destruction in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
“It’s as if the entire Gulf Coast were obliterated by the worst kind of weapon you can imagine,” the president said.
Also from MSNBC, Vast military convoy enters New Orleans Supplies arrive as refugees were losing hope, and ahead of Bush visit.
Four days after Hurricane Katrina struck, the National Guard arrived in force Friday with food, water and weapons Ã¢â‚¬” rolling through the floodwaters in a vast truck convoy with orders to retake the streets and bring relief to the suffering.