According to a confidential video secured by the AP, Bush was briefed in very great detail about the potential disaster. According to the AP:
In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage. Bush didn't ask a single question during the final briefing before Katrina struck on Aug. 29, but he assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: "We are fully prepared."
So hugely typical of Bush. "We're ready." "It's all going to be okay." "Trust me."
He said, "Mission accomplished!" And look where Iraq is.
He said, "My tax cuts will make everyone better," and look at the deficit.
Now we know he said "We are fully prepared." And how gravely we weren't.
Is this lie number 2? Bush said that no one had anticipated the levees breaking. Apparently, people had told him. He said that he wasn't aware of the problem. But apparently he was.
How the American people put up with this - lie after lie, buck-pass after buck-pass, incompetence explained or justified away - is beyond me.
Brian Mulroney, not a tenth as incompetent as Bush, was down at 11% in his final years. Here, Bush still can find some 40% of the population approving of what he's doing, in spite of losing a city, lying his way into war, letting Osama escape, during a huge surplus into a huge deficit, torturing detainees, and lying about spying on Americans.
It's almost a more damning indictment of the American people than it is of Bush.