Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut
Claim To Fame: 43rd President of the United States
Why He’s Conservative of the Week: for finally getting back at a media that’s placed all the blame on him for the response to Hurricane Katrina. In his final news conference Bush, rightfully, got agitated at a reporter’s question concerning the time of the government’s response: "Don't tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs" not long after the hurricane passed over the Gulf Coast. While the President went on to admit that there were some things he could’ve done differently, this was the first time Bush told his side of the story on Katrina.
Of course, Bush could’ve also mentioned he himself pleaded with then-Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to evacuate the city before the storm hit, but Blanco and Nagin (who were feuding at the time) didn’t want to “federalize” the disaster. Or that in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina, Nagin didn’t use hundreds of buses that were sitting in bus yards, some less than a mile from the Superdome, to evacuate citizens who were too poor to make their way out of the city. Or that the inept leadership of Nagin and Blanco (who got so much heat from her handling of Katrina that she chose not to run for re-election in ’06) was also displayed when they failed to implement the city's evacuation plan, and then directed residents to emergency shelters without food, water, sanitation or security provided. But why do all of that when a media that despises you will continue to spin the response to Katrina how they want it so the blame all falls solely on your shoulders anyway?