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White House site takes swipe at Bush

Jan. 20, 2009 at 6:20 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The new White House Web site unveiled Tuesday by President Barack Obama's administration includes a slam at former President George W. Bush.

Politico reported that the Internet site criticizes Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that ravaged the Gulf Coast.

"President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President (Joe) Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur," the site said.

Citing the Bush administration's "unconscionable ineptitude" in responding to the storm, the Web site says: "then-Senator Obama introduced legislation requiring disaster planners to take into account the specific needs of low-income hurricane victims."

Politico reported that in interviews before leaving office, Bush defended his administration's response to the storm.

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