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Louisiana Republicans blame Obama for Katrina

Writing for the Washington Post, Dana Milbank has some fun with a recent poll of Louisiana Republicans.

The question, asked by the robodialer Public Policy Polling, went: “Who[m] do you think was more responsible for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina: George W. Bush or Barack Obama?”

The response: 29 percent picked Obama, 28 percent picked Bush. One wouldn’t want to make much out of Obama’s one-point victory on the question, well within the margin of error. The question is why would anyone blame Obama for the federal response to a hurricane that happened in 2005 when Obama had just arrived in Washington as a freshman U.S. senator?

Of course, poll results that make the public look ignorant are a dime a dozen. But Milbank is struck by the fact that this poll was taken among Louisianans, who were the direct victims of Hurricane Katrina and of the botched federal response. This leads Milbank to suggest that “a substantial number of Republican voters will agree to something they know to be false if it puts Obama in a bad light.”

I’m a little reluctant to join Milbank in believing that the Louisiana Repubs were knowingly giving a false answer. But it might be more reassuring to believe that than thinking through brain chemistry that would enable the plurality of Louisianans to push the button on their phones that blamed Obama. It’s strangely more reassuring to note that 44 percent of the respondents to that question pushed the button for “not sure.”

Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/29/2013 - 11:02 am.


    The 44% who said “not sure” were probably just saying “I know it was Bush, but I’ll be ****ed before I’ll admit that the Islamo-fascist Kenyan usurper bears no responsibility for something bad.”

    These people would acknowledge global warming if they thought they could pin it on President Obama.

  2. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 08/29/2013 - 02:00 pm.

    Top conspiracies about the new Obama pet dog, Sunny:

    Sunny = Sunni

    Black family / all-black dog = racism

    Dog = bought to distract from WH scandals


    No degree of ODS (Obama derangement syndrome) too extreme.

    For some more guidance as to what is Obama’s fault:

  3. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 08/29/2013 - 03:22 pm.

    A tall fence around Louisiana

    Is far more necessary than a fence along the border with Mexico.

  4. Submitted by Nancy Beach on 08/29/2013 - 03:30 pm.

    Not reassuring

    I disagree that it is reassuring that 44% weren’t sure if Bush or Obama was more to blame. That makes 73% who either blame Obama or think he might be to blame. Scary.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/30/2013 - 09:39 am.

      Original sin

      Ah, but these are people who believe in original sin.
      Obama was born guilty; wherever he was born.

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/29/2013 - 03:45 pm.

    These are the people

    who elected a governor who was a biology major and who denies evolution.

  6. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 08/04/2016 - 06:13 am.


    A poll like this tells us a fair amount about polling. In this case, I would suggest the question heard, as opposed to the question asked, was “do you like President Obama?” and the results added a bit to our understanding of that question.,

    We speak and think of polls as easy and straightforward things, and they are not, something to remember the next time a newspaper gives it’s internally financed poll front page treatment.

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