NEW ORLEANS - President Bush denied Monday there was any racial component to people being left behind after Hurricane Katrina, despite suggestions from some critics that the response would have been quicker if so many of the victims hadn't been poor and black.
THE RESCUE EFFORTS COMPREHENSIVELY FUCKED EVERYBODY, AND THEY JUST HAPPENED TO BE POOR AND BLACK
"The storm didn't discriminate and neither will the recovery effort," Bush said. "The rescue efforts were comprehensive. The recovery will be comprehensive."
OH, SURE, NOW HE DUCKS
Bush made the remarks to reporters at the end of a tour that took him through several flooded New Orleans neighborhoods. Occasionally, Bush had to duck to avoid low-hanging electrical wires and branches.
SOMEHOW, HE MANAGED TO AVOID MENTIONING FANTASTIC TRENT LOTT'S NEW HOUSE
It was Bush's first exposure to the on-the-ground leadership of his new hurricane relief chief.
FOR THE FIRST TIME
Bush said Congress should consider whether the federal government should have more authority to step into disaster areas without a request from the states. "All of us want to learn lessons," he said.
THERE WERE PLENTY OF TROOPS! WE JUST DIDN'T SEND THEM IN, THAT'S ALL!
Bush rejected suggestions that the nation's military was stretched too thinly with the war in Iraq to deal with the Gulf Coast devastation. "We've got plenty of troops to do both," the president said. "It is preposterous to claim that the engagement in Iraq meant there weren't enough troops."
THE IMPORTANT THING IS MOVING ON, INSTEAD OF WASTING TIME NOTICING EVERYTHING THAT WENT WRONG AND HOLDING PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE
"We're moving on, we're going to solve these problems," he said.
SEE, WHAT I MEANT WAS SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT I SAID
Bush also clarified his now-criticized remark that no one had anticipated the levees being breached. He said he was referring to that "sense of relaxation in a critical moment" when many people initially thought the storm had not inflicted heavy damage on the city.
LEST YOU MAKE ANY FOOLISH ASSUMPTIONS, LET ME BE CLEAR: I THINK THIS STATE AND THIS CITY ARE REALLY IMPORTANT
Amid the ongoing rescue and recovery effort, Bush said, "We're beginning to think through how to reconstitute this really important state and city."