This week President Bush is travelling to New Orleans, where he is expected to survey the progress that city has made. Commentators have also been expecting him to highlight the role of local government, rather than the federal government, in rebuilding. To his credit, I so far haven't seen any signs of this, but I remain skeptical. Bush has a track record of declaring something to be finished long before it's even half-over.
There's a lot I'd like to ask Mr. Bush about Hurricane Katrina and his response to it. Some of these questions will be asked by the press, many more will not. Some questions are seen as being just too disrespectful to a president- an attitude we can only be grateful was not entirely in force during Watergate. There is, however, one thing I really would like to ask our commander in chief. One thing I'd really like to know about his handling of Katrina.
How is Trent Lott's porch, Mr. President? I know you were concerned about it back then. I know your concern was very reassuring to me. Has it been fixed yet? What about all the other porches, Mr. President? What about all those others houses? What about all those other lives? Have they been rebuilt, Mr. President?
Okay, in all honesty, no I don't think it's the government's job to rebuild everyone's lives. It is, however, the government's job to safeguard its own citizens. The Bush government has failed so thoroughly in that task that, frankly, I find it impossible not to lay those failures at the feet of the man himself.