October 25th, 2007
09:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Bush touches down in San Diego, trying to exorcise the ghosts of Katrina

Watch Ed Henry's report from fire-ravaged Southern California.

SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) - White House Correspondent Ed Henry traveled with President Bush to Southern California on Thursday.  Henry reports on how the President's response to the wildfires continues to contrast with his response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Related: In response to wildfires, Bush trying to avoid another Katrina

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  1. Cathy M in Tn

    I'd say Bush is about the last person those people want to see right now.

    October 26, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  2. Matt, Chico, CA

    Actually Carrie in TN most of Bush carried San Diego and Orange Counties in both elections

    October 26, 2007 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  3. mark wilkes barre PA

    Tim from CA,, Stop your Anger and think. Local and state agencies handled and are handling the wildfires with acceptional responce and authority. Unlike katrina, No one waited around for big brother to tell them how to act or tell them how to feel ,or tell them who to blame, or turn a natural disaster into a government conspirasy / coverup. Official took charge !, as it should be, Local and state agencies handled the problem using feds as backup. That is how the system is designed to work. Apresident should show up at a disaster to reach out to the public and local officials with support in times like this. It's pathetic comments like yours here, that continue to fuel the un-informed

    October 26, 2007 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  4. Karen,nj

    Bush is such a BS artist. He could care less about the American people's hardships. The only thing that he is interested in is getting the Republicans votes in the next elction. He wants the Republicans to carry on their hooligan ways to take from the American people. That bastard doesn't fool anyone.

    October 26, 2007 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  5. Rodney Dallas TX

    Bush doesn't care about thos people. While they are ravaging through their lifes memories, he'll leave, get back on his big expensive jet, eat a really expensive meal by his personal chef, fly back to his mansion in DC and never think twice about it again. Bush is tyrant who only cares when someone is watching.

    October 26, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. Kate, Aurora CO

    The real test of this man's support will be when the victims attempt to get reimbursed for their losses from the insurance companies. We'll see then whose side he really is on. There are still Katrina victims in court with their insurance companies trying to get anything to survive. There is already rumbling the the CA fire victims are in for a fight. If this man truly means what he says then he will force the insurance companies to pay up instead of passing legislation to protect their interests over the American citizens.

    October 26, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. HH, Pittsburgh, PA

    Could it be because the Katrina victims were poor and black and the victims of the wildfires are not? Sorry for being cynical. Just wondering.....

    October 26, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Tim, what talk show host Glen Beck said was stupid, but an elected Democrat, Harry Reid also put his foot in his mouth by saying that this was caused by global warming and the Republicans suck... when it turns out that the fires were set.

    While he was playing politics as an ELECTED official (not a yakmeister) by blaming Republicans, many people who know more than he about the environment are blaming the SPREAD of the SET fire on the green folks who have fought against removing the brush and thus setting up a firewall so the fire would not spread.

    What exactly should Bush do that would make you happy? Should he man a hose?

    Should he have stayed in the White house?

    What life saving and fire extinguishing words did the Democratic candidates use that I must have missed?

    Your from CA and I hope you are safe, but not sure why you are trying to find fault with "Republicans" where there is NO fault necessary (with the exceptions being Beck and Reid, equally idiotic comments, but one is from an ELECTED official).

    October 26, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. roger, conway sc

    I hope that GW has learned and can see how to correctly handle a crisis...The Gov of CA has done a great job & he also does not govenor like the other right wing, neo-conservative, hypocrites in the republican party...he is a good politician & serves his state well

    October 26, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Unlike Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and the people of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina...

    California Governor Schwarzenegger and the people of California took action to save themselves from nature's wrath.

    No one owes you in this life; YOU OWE YOURSELF. Forgive me if I sound cruel; I'm not referring to the sick and disabled victims of Hurricane Katrina. Hurricanes are forecasted nearly a week in advance; there's no excuse to remain in a city that is BELOW SEA LEVEL, particularly if you're able bodied and capable of walking or making arrangements to EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY.

    However, Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Blanco failed their citizens miserably, and the media gave these 2 people a pass and blamed President Bush. This was awfully unfair.

    Remember the words of President John F. Kennedy: Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

    October 26, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Finally we get to see some Conservative backbone. The patriotic Conservatives of southern California – who gave us Reagan and who supported our current president in both elections – are all strong individualists. They will surely spurn federal handouts, grab a shovel, and start rebuilding their homes without whining about the lack of government support.

    Don't ask those stalwart Americans to take a government check; they will do for themselves or do without. Brave San Diegans – who voted against bond issues that would have purchased more fire fighting equipment – will surely not now complain that the assets of the federal government were not made available quickly enough. They will shake their heads in that Reaganesque way and say, "Well, in some ways we brought this on ourselves by not providing enough local tax money to prepare for these fires. Let's all get a part-time job in addition to our full-time jobs so we can build up our fire fighting assets for the next inevitable wildfire storm."

    So stand-back tree huggers and socialists. We are going to see how red-blooded Conservatives stand up for themselves and pull themselves up by the bootstraps. Don't insult them by offering governmental assistance. Davy Crockett and Dan'l Boone didn't need a government check, and neither will the solid citizens of southern California.

    Furthermore, I had the foresight to locate in an area where there is no danger of wildfire. Why should my tax money go to pay welfare checks to a bunch of loafers who wouldn't even buy a fire truck for themselves?

    October 26, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Chris, Middletown, CT

    It seems as though your approach is to "toss money at the problem and it will go away"? Or the classic "treat the symptoms of the issue...not the actual problem"? You are making this a partisan issue...the left is truly polarizing the country (and its early in the election cycle....) – your party conveniently ignores its culpability in the war?? I really doubt you ever voted for a Republican – because you don't go from Republican to socialist ....doesn't happen...now from Democrat to socialist (intent on punishing those who worked hard to achieve the American dream....where this "we are so entitled" mentality comes from....I will never know....I think it was JFK who said "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" – the Democrats seem to have forgotten this....

    October 26, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. RightyTighty

    Where's Hillary??

    October 26, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Better keep that Hillary guard up CNN. Lets not let it be known that Hillary was partying while California is burning.. I can do this all day.

    October 26, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It's not about Bush, it's about his compassion and support for those people devastated by the fire. Californians were there for many Katrina victims and their pets and they didn't care whether they were black or white, they just helped. My prayers are with them all and I know they will rebuild their lives.

    October 26, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. frank Honolulu HI

    Bush and FEMA are cut from the same cloth. Phoney President and phoney FEMA. Phoney War and Phoney White House Staff.
    It's all smoke and mirrors.
    Cheney and Rove are hiding and meeting secretly. Bush is still the puppet out front to distract anyone from the truth.
    Some republicans still are afraid to admit they are wrong. If you look at the rest of the blog you can see right through them. I sure hope we all survive this administration. They will start WWIII before they leave if no one does anything about it.

    October 26, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. ouida zeringue hattiesburg,m.s.

    bush needs to stop acting as if he cares about anybody but himself and his home. we all know he says what should be done, then waits to see if anybody notices that he is not doing anything. i dont understand why he is still in office.where is mr.star now? if ever there was a presedent that needed to be investagated it is bush and his side kicks. bush lies and takes american lives one way or another,and we talk about it but still no mr. star. can i put bush on trial for crimes against my country and my countymen? i want to hold him accountable for the deaths of our troops and for lives that were lost after katrena. that alone should warrent impeachment. i am ashamed of our self absorbed leader and his admenastration.

    October 27, 2007 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  18. Colleen,ny

    Yesterday they closed the stadium in San Diego because thousands of people were coming in to sleep and get meals. They were mostly homeless people and the poor. The Red Cross, etc. put the fire evacuees in motels,etc. Typical Republican gov't. to let this nonsense happen.

    October 27, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |

    george w bush out taking advantage of a photo op and phoney concern to boost his image. who would have guessed? laura probably told him to go because she is a fan of arnold schwartzenegger. i hope no one is fooled by this propaganda. he has no concern for anyone but himself and his wealthy cronies. remember, he just vetoed a bill for childrens health care and wants it kept with private insurance companies. you know, the companies that charge huge unafforable premiums and deny claims regularly. in the next breath bush asked for 46 billion dollars for his private little war in iraq. you know, the war where veterans return to substandard treatment and poor health care. people to bush are nothing more than tools to be used for his self gain and when the tool is broken or worn out you just throw it away and get new ones.

    October 28, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  20. Unknown

    Stop following me right now. Bush is a psycho cowboy and no one likes the munchkin.

    October 28, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |