"It makes a significant difference when you have somebody in the statehouse willing to take the lead."It also makes a difference when you have a President now trying to make everyone forget his colossal failure in managing the worst manmade disaster in American history. I find President Bush to be incredibly motivated these days when it comes to disasters.
Please note: I don't remember President Bush proactively calling Louisiana's governor and doing everything he could. We learn from the NY Times that the President just couldn't wait to call Governor Terminator to find out what he needed:
I DO remember President Bush criticizing Governor Blanco because she didn't jump through the right hoops or ask EXACTLY the right question. For the federal flood, the President's public stance was essentially, "Well, she didn't call me and fill out the right forms, and she wasn't specific enough about her requests."
Mr. Stanzel said Mr. Bush and the governor, mindful that a presidential visit could drain police resources from a state already pushed to the limit, determined that Thursday would be the best day for Mr. Bush to go. But he began offering help as early as 4 p.m. Monday, calling Mr. Schwarzenegger rather than waiting for the governor to call him.
He told Mr. Schwarzenegger to call him back “if there were any additional needs,” Mr. Stanzel said, and about an hour later, the governor did, to ask for military assistance and alert Mr. Bush that a request for the president to declare a state of emergency would probably be forthcoming. Mr. Bush authorized the declaration before leaving the West Wing; it was announced later by the press office, presumably while the president slept.
What a cynical, negligently homicidal jerk.
P.S. I'm no Blanco fan, but I just can't take this guy anymore. If, like an insurance company, I had to ascribe a percentage blame to Bush, Blanco, and Nagin when it came to post federal flood fault, I do it like this: Bush 40 percent, Nagin 40 percent, Blanco 20 percent. I'm no Blanco fan, but I thought she was better than our two "market-driven recovery" idiots.