from Talking Points Memo:
President Bush: Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government. And to the extent that the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility. (emphasis mine)
…One thing for certain; having been down there three times and have seen how hard people are working, I’m not going to defend the process going in, but I am going to defend the people who are on the front line of saving lives. Those Coast Guard kids pulling people out of the—out of the floods are—did heroic work. The first responders on the ground, whether they be state folks or local folks, did everything they could. There’s a lot of people that are—have done a lot of hard work to save lives.
I am now engaged in cartoonlike rubbing of my eyes in disbelief.