President Bush, at 10.30am this morning, arriving in Mobile Alabama:
The good news is — and it’s hard for some to see it now — that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott’s house — he’s lost his entire house — there’s going to be a fantastic house. And I’m looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)
Err, that would be the same Trent Lott who had to resign as Senate majority leader in 2002, for making apparently nostalgic remarks about racial segregation:
When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.
Could President Bush have thought of a more inappropriate way of empathising with the victims of Katrina?