George W. Bush

Times-Pic: Buck Stops At Bush

The New Orleans Times-Picayune chief agrees: Bush is responsible for this epic failure. The newspaper is not known for Bush bashing (it endorsed no one for President in 2004), but they're clearly basing their judgement on things like facts and their own experience.

Courtesy of Editor & Publisher:

While the angry barbs and finger pointing continue today in assigning of blame for the horrendously poor response to the Gulf Coast hurricane catastrophe, Jim Amoss, the editor of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, is mincing no words. The feeble response, he says in an interview, is "ultimately his failure, and it is a colossal one that may have cost lives."

He pulled no punches in the interview in addressing FEMA officials: "It's a preposterous notion, that they couldn't get in here and their hands were tied. If any of us had experienced anything like that (level of failure) in our own companies, it would mean instant termination. The government ought to be held accountable in the same way."