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MediaWeekly News Magazine - TIME Magazine
News DateMonday, September 12, 2005 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
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Ten days after Hurricane Katrina trashed the Gulf Coast, a radio talk-show host in Los Angeles asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice if it was true that President Bush does not care about black people. (She said no.) A man standing in the ruins in Gulfport, Miss., told the Vice President, "Go f___ yourself." (He smiled.) And the mayor of New Orleans secretly decamped for much of the week to Dallas to install his family there, refusing most media interviews, although the bodies had only begun to be counted in his drowned city.

Even as soldiers swarmed into the Gulf Coast and residents scattered onto dry land around the country, the anger at the government's response to Katrina did not abate. In a TIME poll of 1,000 adults nationwide, 52% said the government had done a poor job preparing for Katrina at all levels. And 62% said the government had responded too slowly to those hardest hit.
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