Poll: Louisiana Republicans Blame Obama More Than Bush For Government's Katrina Response

| by Jonathan Wolfe
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In a sad display of willful ignorance, more Louisiana republicans blame President Obama than President Bush for the federal government’s poor response to Hurricane Katrina.

In case you forgot, Hurricane Katrina happened in 2005, a full three years before President Obama was in office.

The news was reported in a recent survey by Public Policy Polling. The question for respondents read as follows:

“Who do you think was more responsible for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina: George W. Bush or Barack Obama?”

28% of respondents said President Bush was more responsible, while 29% answered with President Obama. 44% said they were uncertain.

President Obama was a freshman U.S. Senator in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina ravaged much of the gulf coast. At the time, President Bush and FEMA Director Michael Brown came under intense scrutiny for what was perceived as a lackluster response to the emergency by the federal government.  

Brown admitted in a 2005 interview that many gulf coast residents were without food and water long after the hurricane hit the coast. Brown’s handling of the emergency ultimately led to his resignation.

But hey, why let a little history get in the way of opinion? If people want to blame Obama for Katrina then so be it. I hear he may also be responsible for Lincoln’s assassination, World War One, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

Sources: Talking Points Memo, Think Progress