No one has recovered from Katrina
You know,I do think Katrina may have been the turning south point for the President. That was when he realized that nothing was as it seemed.
As I recall he had appointed Brown,who received a lot of bad press. Several liberals in my family scoffed at his appointment since he had little experience in government emergencies at the onset.
However,I remember thinking that far worse than his inexperience was an emergency response agency (FEMA) that was subordinate to Homeland Security. That was one of the truly dumbest reporting arrangements in a government which is/was rife with cumbersome,overstaffed bureaucracies.
At first Bush praised Brown but I heard an interview with Brown early on where he said that he was unable to contact Chertoff until Monday (if it wasn't Monday,it was at least two days after FEMA had been ready to respond)and that had held them back. As you may remember,there were also problems with coordination with the city and the state and evacuation orders.
Since that corroborated my expectations of a response team that was supposed to react immediately but had to wiat for approval from another agency,I was not surprised to hear him say that.
Imagine my surprise to never hear that mentioned again as the country and the party viciously turned on Brown. I just thought to myself "something smells fishy in Denmark">. And it did and it was.
I think that's when Bush realized that he was just another pawn on the board. I felt sorry for him and only wish that he would have been smart enough initially to know that he really was not capable or interested in being President,he just believed what the handlers told him. He trusted his father.Too bad.