“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart said Monday that calling the glitchy health care rollout President Barack Obama’s “Katrina” is offensive.
Stewart took issue with media personalities, like Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who have asked if Healthcare.gov is Obama’s “Katrina-moment,” in reference to the botched handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the costliest hurricane in U.S. history that killed at least 1,833 people along the Gulf Coast and displaced 400,000 people.
“Yes, I believe we’ve all seen the damning photos of the presidential flyover surveying the human suffering of the Healthcare.gov website from a safe distance,” Stewart quipped, recalling a photograph of President Bush assessing the damage of Katrina without leaving the safety of Air Force One.
“Comparing the government abdication of responsibility during Hurricane Katrina, the death of hundreds of people, the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, to a f**king website, is offensive,” he said in response to news personalities such as Chris Wallace blasting the president’s response.
Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card seemed to resent the suggestion that the poor response to Katrina was the Bush Administration’s fault, blaming the difficulty they had dealing with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.
“George Bush didn’t invent a hurricane,” said “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy.
“Katrina was a terrible event ... but it began and it ended within a week,” said Fox News host Chris Wallace, but Obamacare “could affect people lives for years to come.”