From the AP:
WASHINGTON – President Bush said Tuesday that “I take responsibility” for failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and that the disaster raised broader questions about the government’s ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks.
“Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government,” Bush said at joint White House news conference with the president of Iraq. “To the extent the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility.”
Honestly, with his numbers in the polls this is a necessary step, but a very refreshing one considering how he’s handled his other blunders. Let’s hope this is a step in the right direction, and further, let’s hope Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco follow suit and apologize, followed by every state and local politician.
Don’t hold your breath. They’ll have the levees rebuilt before we’d see such a move.