Last year’s Hurricane Sandy was supposed to be President Obama’s Hurricane Katrina; a test of leadership in the face of a devastating natural disaster. It turns out that the federal government did a pretty decent job of getting emergency services and aid to the places that needed it to the point that Mr. Obama and Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey became best buds.
That did not sit well with the GOP base. This president is supposed to be both lazy and a dictator; a street thug and a nerd; and he’s not supposed to look good handling things he can’t control, like the weather. So there has to be some way to show that he sucks at it.
A significant chunk of Louisiana Republicans evidently believe that President Barack Obama is to blame for the poor response to the hurricane that ravaged their state more than three years before he took office.
The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, provided exclusively to TPM, showed an eye-popping divide among Republicans in the Bayou State when it comes to accountability for the government’s post-Katrina blunders.
Twenty-eight percent said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response while 29 percent said Obama, who was still a freshman U.S. Senator when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was more responsible. Nearly half of Louisiana Republicans — 44 percent — said they aren’t sure who to blame.
There you go.
No offense to any of my readers in Louisiana, but despite what Gov. Bobby Jindal said, you seem to have nailed down the stupid party meme.