The president has at last landed in the Golden State to see for himself the fires that have caused over a billion dollars in damage and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. With uncomfortable parallels to Katrina already in place, we can’t say we’re all that excited about his arrival here.
Touching down in Escondido, California, Mr Bush assured victims of the infernos: “We’re not going to forget you in Washington DC.
“We want the people to know there’s a better day ahead. Your life may look dismal today, but tomorrow life’s going to be better. And to the extent that the federal government can help you we will do so.”
The fires, which broke out last weekend, have forced one million people from their homes in the biggest US evacuation since Hurricane Katrina two years ago.