Katrina Bush's Fault
Hillary Clinton: Bush Disaster Response Inadequate
2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blasted the Bush administration on Sunday for what she said was its inadequate response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and called for a "Katrina Commission" to investigate allegations of bungling.
"The slow pace of relief efforts in the face of a mounting death toll ... seems to confirm that our ability to respond to cataclysmic disasters has not been adequately addressed," Clinton said, in quotes picked up by the New York Daily News.
"It has become increasingly evident that our nation was not prepared," she charged in a bid to paint the White House as asleep at the wheel.
In an indication that Mrs. Clinton intends to make the Katrina disaster her cause celeb, she announced plans to travel to New Orleans today - ostensibly to be on hand while her husband unveils a new effort to raise relief funds for city flood victims.
The former first lady said she plans to introduce legislation to make the Federal Emergency Management Agency an independent Cabinet-level agency - the same status FEMA had during her husband's administration before it was subsumed into the Department of Homeland Security.