Hurricane Katrina was one of the low points of George W. Bush’s presidency. It isn’t stopping him from photo ops on the natural disaster and American tragedy’s 10th anniversary, though.
Reports the Associated Press:
Former President George W. Bush returned Friday to New Orleans – the scene of one of his presidency’s lowest points – to tout the region’s recovery from the nation’s costliest natural disaster on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
He and Laura Bush visited the oldest public school in the city – Warren Easton Charter High School, which was closed for a year because of storm damage and then reopened as a charter school. Bush visited the same school on the storm’s first anniversary, and the library foundation of his wife helped rebuild it.
The Bushes met with students at the school’s gymnasium, greeted by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco, who was in office during Katrina. Laura Bush wore a purple dress to honor the school’s colors.
The school’s success is a rare bright spot from what was an extremely trying time for Bush, who was vilified for his administration’s lackluster response to the catastrophic storm.
His record was marred by initially flying over New Orleans in Air Force One without touching down to show his support in the flooded city, to his “Heckuva job, Brownie” praise for his Federal Emergency Management Agency director, Michael Brown.
A picture taken during today’s visit of Bush surrounded by smiling Black children is currently making the social media rounds. And it’s not because people are happy about it.
See reactions below and more pics of Bush smiling with Black people as if it’s all good upon his return to New Orleans in the following pages. But first, #neverforget Kanye West.
Photos: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert