Fox News and others are reporting that the President just got "his own bird's eye view" of Katrina's damage as Air Force One flew over the devestated region. Shortly after, Bush gave prepared remarks to the press pool:We are making progress in New Orleans. The flood is in its last throes. Clearly, the hurricane has a hateful ideology and does not like our freedom or our dryness. We cannot surrender to it. In New Orleans, they are working on a draft evacuation; it is an evacuation process, and we must expect that if we are to bring American-style democracy to the Mississippi Delta.
The president added that "to pull out now would only give aid to the elements."
She's also devastating about the racial coding of the Katrina aftermath, in which Mississippi governor Haley Barbour apparently referred to looters (many of whom happen to be black) as "sub-human" and news photos of black and white looters described them as "looting" and "finding" merchandise, respectively.