New Poll Shows Louisiana Republicans Blame Obama For How Bush Handled Hurricane Katrina

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In 2005, then-President George W. Bush occupied the White House as Hurricane Katrina came ashore and devastated the Gulf Coast of America. The category 3 storm killed over 1,500 people in Louisiana, left almost 1 million Louisianans without electricity, hundreds of thousands of people were rendered homeless, tens of thousands were left stranded, and tens of billions of dollars in damage occurred.

But President Bush wasn’t actually inside the White House when Hurricane Katrina slammed the state. He was on one of his many vacations at his ranch in Texas and didn’t travel back to Washington until one day later. Even after he returned, the response to the devastation was poorly handled. It is widely accepted that President Bush responded inadequately to the disaster as multiple agencies under his watch, namely FEMA and Homeland Security, failed to do their jobs. Louisiana emergency responders didn’t receive adequate supplies to deal with the injured and dying. Food relief didn’t reach those stranded at the Superdome until days after the hurricane struck. The inept response led to the resignation of FEMA head Michael D. Brown not long after Bush told the media he was doing great job handling the disaster. How Bush handled his administration during Hurricane Katrina is one of the worst jobs in American history, and is one reason why Americans voted against Republicans in the 2008 Presidential Election.

Eight years later, Louisiana Republicans are now unbelievably blaming President Obama for the poor response to Katrina. A new Public Policy Polling survey found that most Republicans in Louisiana aren’t sure if they should blame Bush or Obama for how Katrina was handled, a a good number actually do blame Obama.

According to Talking Points Memo,

Twenty-eight percent said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response while 29 percent said Obama, who was still a freshman U.S. Senator when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was more responsible. Nearly half of Louisiana Republicans — 44 percent — said they aren’t sure who to blame.

In 2005, Bush was the man in charge when Katrina struck. He remained in charge until January 2009, when President Obama first took the oath of office. As Katrina ravaged the coast, Obama was a first-year Senator from Illinois who had only been in office for eight months. Clearly, Louisiana Republicans are blaming him for something he was powerless to handle at the time. President Bush, on the other hand, was NOT powerless to handle it. He was in charge and he failed. Once again, it seems Republicans are ignoring facts and reality in an effort to smear President Obama in any way they can, even if that means they have to start blaming him for things President Bush did years before Obama became President.

Most would think this type of story is purely satire, but unfortunately, it isn’t. This is a real poll showing that real Republicans actually believe Obama is to blame for the failures of a Republican administration three years before a majority of conservatives even knew his name. That’s apparently how much conservatives hate President Obama. Talk about revisionist history. It’s just plain sad.