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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-05 11:44 AM
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67. CBS Poll:


A CBS News poll said 65 percent Americans thought Bush was too slow to respond to the disaster and 58 percent disapproved of his performance. Large majorities said federal, state and local officials all acted too slowly.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, scorched by criticism of its performance, had planned to hand out $2,000 debit cards -- $100 million worth in total -- to thousands of survivors, but they too were being delayed.


The situation "amounts to a massive institutional failure," said Raymond Offenheiser, president of the Oxfam America affiliate of the international relief agency. Oxfam mounted the first domestic U.S. rescue in its 35-year history in Mississippi.

"Before Katrina, we reserved our emergency response for countries that lack the resources of the United States. If we've got this kind of failure at home, how can we expect poor countries to do better?" he asked.

There were signs of impatience from federal officials as well -- theirs was directed at news coverage of the disaster. FEMA has excluded journalists from recovery expeditions and asked them to not take pictures of the dead, drawing protests from press-freedom advocates.

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