A year after the levees broke, Bush has again acknowledged his government's failure to protect and rescue the citizens of New Orleans, promising "the federal government will learn the lessons of Katrina." Although the president pledged $110 billion for reconstruction, one of Louisiana's senators has criticized the slow progress of rebuilding: "Countless neighborhoods appear as if the hurricanes were just yesterday, and they serve as harsh reminders of how our nation was so unprepared."
Spike Lee's new four-hour HBO documentary, ?When the Levees Broke: A Requiem for New Orleans in Four Acts,? which premiered Monday night (and continues Tuesday night), is a haunting, maddening and expertly told story about the signature event in recent American history that showed how little our government truly cares for many of its citizens.
"Daily Show" correspondent John Oliver reports that the militant organization has had so much success rebuilding Lebanon that it's eager to take on the reconstruction of New Orleans. Louisiana residents are hopeful. Hey, at least Hezbollah's not FEMA.
Former FEMA director Michael "Heckuva Job" Brown told an aide he was "sitting in the chair, putting mousse in my hair" as he waited for a media interview immediately after the Aug. 29 disaster began. He also disputed that levees quickly broke -- despite getting reports to that effect.