Damage Control, Dubya Style:But will it be enough to restore his credibility? President Bush accepted full responsibility for the federal government's (mis)handling of the Katrina disaster. (It's called 'damage control'). On the other hand he only acknowledged the obvious and his confession could have gone further had he volunteered it sooner.
|"Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government and to the extent the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility," Bush said during a joint news conference with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. (Watch Bush's comments).|
He repeated his desire to find out exactly what went wrong on every level of government.
|"It's in our national interest that we find out exactly what went on ... so we can better respond," Bush said."|
A bipartisan joint congressional committee is to review the response at all levels of government to the hurricane and report its findings to Congress no later than February 15.
ROVE TO THE RESCUE:
|"Bush already has dispatched his top strategist, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, and other aides to assemble ideas from agencies, conservative think tanks, GOP lawmakers and state officials to guide the rebuilding of New Orleans and relocation of flood victims. The idea, aides said, is twofold: provide a quick federal response that comports with Bush's governing philosophy, and prevent Katrina from swamping his second-term ambitions on Social Security, taxes and Middle East democracy-building."|
TOMORROW, the president is to outline his vision more comprehensively than he has to date. A top aide said he will stress that New Orleans officials will dictate how the city will be rebuilt, but will also make plain the reconstruction should reflect his vision of government -- including reducing regulatory obstacles and emphasizing entrepreneurship over big government. He will also discuss plans to provide health care, education, jobs and housing assistance to flood victims.
ANOTHER CASE OF TOO LITTLE TOO LATE?