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As Katrina Struck, Bush Vacationed

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In 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency ranked a major hurricane strike on New Orleans as “among the three likeliest, most catastrophic disasters facing this country,” directly behind a terrorist strike on New York City.

Yesterday, disaster struck. And even as one of the strongest storms in recorded history rocked the Gulf Coast, President Bush decided to continue his vacation, visiting the Pueblo El Mirage RV and Golf Resort in El Mirage, Ariz., to hawk his Medicare drug benefit plan. (Bush will spend one more night in Crawford tonight before flying back to Washington.)

What Bush saw in El Mirage: The majestic beauty of the El Pueblo Mirage RV and Golf Resort

What Bush missed in New Orleans: The scarred fa§ade of the Hyatt Regency Hotel

What Bush saw: Guests at Pueblo El Mirage showing off their bikes

What Bush missed: Leonard T. Harris, Sr. walking his bike through the gaping hole where his kitchen used to be

What Bush saw: At El Pueblo Mirage, guests relax on the luxurious greens

What Bush missed: In Louisiana, residents dig themselves out from under the trees

What Bush saw: At El Pueblo Mirage, the waterfront brushes up against the 12th hole

What Bush missed: In New Orleans, the waterfront brushes up against the front door