The delay in the Federal response to the disaster was explained today when a member of the White House staff discovered the Louisiana governor's request for Federal assistance in the lint trap of the dryer.Louisiana governor Blanco has just released all of the state's documents concerning the Katrina response and it contained this gem:
A spokesman remarked, "You know how it is. Someone hands you a note while you're on vacation, and you put it in your pocket. Next thing you know it gets thrown in the washer."
Five days after one request from the governor for federal help, a presidential aide told Blanco in a memo that Bush never got her letter.I thought I was kidding.
The aide told Blanco, "We found it on the governor's Web site, but we need 'an original' for our staff secretary to formally process the requests."
Sunday evening, Blanco's aides told CNN that the governor personally handed the same letter to the president when he visited New Orleans on September 2.
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