I know the Governor of Louisiana tried. I know the Mayor of New Orleans tried.
They didn't try hard enough.
They knew that if and when they ordered citizens to evacuate the city, tens of thousands of people would have no way to get it. They didn't have cars, they didn't have the money. There were thousands and thousands of school buses all over the country sitting idle last week. Every school district in the country would have sent buses, if they'd been asked.
The Governor and the Mayor knew that the Superdome was going to be the biggest storm shelter in town. They didn't have it ready.
They failed their citizens. They tried, but they did not try hard enough.
But this is the key point. Local officials failed to prepare adequately for Katrina.
George Bush failed to save the city after the storm hit!
Heroes come to the rescue.
They don't show up five days later to have their pictures taken, pretending to come to the rescue, while thousands of people still need to be saved!
George Bush is not a hero.
But we didn't need him to be a hero.
We just needed him to be President.