Mr. Bahamonde was Homeland Security's heroic Lone Ranger in New Orleans when Katrina hit. Some highlights:
From the NY Times:
By late Monday afternoon [8/29, the day Katrina hit], Mr. Bahamonde had hitched a ride on a Coast Guard helicopter over the breach at the 17th Street Canal to confirm the extensive flooding. He then telephoned his report to FEMA headquarters in Washington, which notified the Homeland Security Department.
From Mr. Bahamonde's email on 8/31 from the Superdome:
. . . I just ate an MRE and crapped in the hallway of the Superdome along with 30,000 other close friends so I understand her concern about busy restaurants. Maybe tonight I will have time to move the pebbles on the parking garage floor so they don't stab me in the back while I try to sleep, but instead I will hope her wait at Ruth Christ (sic) is short.
Following Berto's lead, I will accentuate the positive and hold up Mr. Bahamonde as the kind of can-do leader our region and our nation need.
NOTE: It's just too good to be true that Ruth's Chris keeps factoring in to this tale of woe.
QUESTION: What makes Al-Qaeda happier:
a) finding out via a leak [they didn't know before?] that their electronic communications are being monitored.
b) knowing that America is utterly unprepared to deal with a disaster in a medium-sized American city and only moderately populated region.
The President answers "a." What's your answer?