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Oct 5th, 2005, 07:20 PM
Here's how OTHER leaders have handled similar
hurricane crises:

President: Nixon

Danger: Category-5 Hurricane Camille (August 1969)

Area: About the same area as that affected by Katrina

Response: Nixon prepared the National Guard in
advance, ordering rescue ships from Tampa, FL and
Houston, TX to stand waiting along with over a
thousand regular military, 24+ helicopters to assist
the Coast Guard and National Guard about as soon as
the hurricane passed.

President: Bush the Elder

Danger: Hurricane Andrew (August 92)

Area: Florida

Response: In the middle of a re-election campaign,
Bush ceased campaigning the day before the hurricane,
went to Washington, and assembled one of the largest
military forces ever mustered on U.S. soil.

Seven thousand National Guard and 22,000 regular
military were sent in with the necessary equipment
shortly after the hurricane passed through.

President: Clinton

Danger: Category-3 Hurricane Floyd (September 1999)

Area: Virginia and Carolinas

Response: Meeting with China's president Jiang in New
Zealand, Clinton immediately declared the
hurricane-affected areas as federal disasters,
allowing the military and National Guard to move in
and help.

Clinton flew home immediately, one day before the
hurricane hit, to help coordinate the rescue.

and then there's

President: Bush the Lesser

Danger: Category-5 Hurricane Katrina (August 2005)

Area: Gulf Coast

Response: National Guard troops are down about 8,000
members because they are in Iraq with much of the
necessary rescue equipment needed. Bush was on
vacation, riding his bike for two hours the day before
the hurricane lands. On the day Katrina landed, Bush
attended a birthday party for John McCain. The levees
began to crack. While emergency 1.5-ton sandbags were
ready to be placed to steady the levee and absorb
water, there were insufficient numbers of helicopters
and pilots to set them before the levees break. Nagin,
the mayor of New Orleans, pleaded for federal-level
assistance and got none. Bush went to San Diego to
play guitar with a country singer and end his vacation

-- but not until the next day, because he had tickets
to a San Diego Padres game.

Oct 5th, 2005, 07:24 PM
Ouch. So true though.

Helen Lawson
Oct 5th, 2005, 07:31 PM
Nixon had a rather substantial crush on me. He once slapped my ass at a party and said to me, "You're more woman than any man coulld handle, Hel, but I'd love to die trying." I let him get away with calling me "Hel" because he was the President and could be quite charming. I would not have slept with him, but he was charming.

Ike was my all-time favorite President.