How would the president rate the government’s response to Hurricane Gustav? In a word: “Excellent.” Eager to escape the shadow of Katrina, which has come to symbolize the incompetence of his administration, Hurricane George made landfall in Louisiana Wednesday for some hands-on disaster relief.

AP via Google:

BATON ROUGE, La. — President Bush says the response to Hurricane Gustav has been “excellent” but there is more work to be done.

Speaking at a packed emergency command center, the president cautioned that the pace of recovery from the storm will depend upon how quickly electricity gets back up in Louisiana, where there are widespread power outages.

Trying to burnish his administration’s reputation for hurricane response, the president is making his second trip to the region since the storm hit. He was in Texas on Monday.

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