On Sunday, DHS chief Michael Chertoff told "Meet the Press's" Tim Russert that one reason for the delay in getting federal aid to Katrina victims was that "everyone" thought the crisis had passed when the storm left: "I remember on Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines, 'New Orleans Dodged The Bullet...'" [emphasis added]
...The Newseum has over 400 frontpages archived but we suspect that the one with the "New Orleans Dodged The Bullet" hed exists primarily in Chertoff's mind.--Wonkette
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said it all, starting his news briefing Saturday afternoon: "Louisiana is a city that is largely underwater..." [emphasis added]
Well there's your problem right there.
If ever a slip-of-the-tongue defined a government's response to a crisis, this was it.--Keith Olberman, MSNBC.com
Fire Chertoff--that's a good start in the clean-up effort.