“With all due respect, the federal government’s responsibilities were met under Katrina [ emph. mine] which were to provide the immediate assistance, to pluck people off of the roofs. The people in charge with calling the evacuations are the state and local officials.” –Karl Rove
Okay, he should be in jail for that alone.
The truth is Louisiana was declared a federal emergency two days before Katrina hit. The White House press release said,
“Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.”
Note it doesn’t say, “Dibs on the helicopter rescues!!”
And Louisiana’s Department of Fish and Game were the first responders on scene.
You just know Rove and the Bush Legacy management team have an edict to only invoke the success of the Coast Guard when Katrina HAS to be brought up.
Rove’s remarks come about 4 minutes in: