President George W. Bush's response to the social disaster unfolding in Louisiana and Mississippi is to deny any responsibility by BP for the horrifying conditions facing more than one million people.
"This wouldn't be a disaster if it weren't for the oil," President Bush said repeatedly at a press briefing Wednesday, when reporters sought a response on whether Bush had confidence in BP, the third largest global energy company and the 4th largest company in the world. "Look at all the water down there. If that ship would have spilled water into the gulf, no one would care. But it's not the water. It's the oil. "
President G.W. Bush and his congressional Republican defenders used the same phrase to rebuff any effort to think critically about the potential destruction of much of the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf coast, now the biggest natural disaster in US history.
When asked about his opinion on how well the current Federal government response was to this disaster, the former president made it clear what his concerns were. " When I sat in the White House, I watched as 9/11 and Katrina went by. We knew what disasters were and the best way to manage them. We had the experience. My administration was known for its disasters. And that's how I want to be remembered. "
Bush concluded the press conference with his now famous catch phrase "Do you miss me yet?" and a brief chuckle.