While thousands suffered, Chertoff stalled the deployment of federal resources by waiting until days after Katrina struck, and days after a state of emergency was declared, to enact the National Response Plan his agency had created. Chertoff repeatedly ignored the warnings, shrugged off the pleas for help, downplayed the horror and devastation, all the while praising FEMA. We know that President Bush was at the ranch in Crawford and Vice President Cheney was vacationing in Wyoming while Katrina was raging on the Gulf Coast. But, where was Secretary Chertoff?
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