Bush “Did Not Want to Interfere” With Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

Buried at the end of a Washington Post article today, presidential aides offer a reason for President Bush’s delayed response: “[H]e did not want to interfere.”

While the President of the United States may not have wanted to cut short his vacation, Governor Blano, Mayor Nagin, and local officials specifically asked for his involvement.

Newsweek also reports that the President didn’t even understand the severity of the disaster until Thursday evening, four days after the hurricane made landfall, so it’s unclear whether or not he had even thought about “interfering” until then.