After Levees Failed, Bush Had “A Sense of Relaxation”

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President Bush’s story doesn’t hold up.

As our timeline shows, Bush learned of the serious potential that the levees could be topped as early as Sunday, well before the storm hit, during a briefing with the National Hurricane Center director. More importantly, water was flowing over the levees before Katrina hit land at 6:30 a.m. (By late Sunday night, waves were crashing over the levee walkway. By 3 a.m. on Monday, they had failed.) So Bush’s “sense of relaxation” came long after the levees had been breached.

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