U.S. governors have soundly rejected a proposal by the President that the military take charge of responses to natural disasters.
Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi said of the federal government, "We don't need them coming in and running things," while Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said "I would never abdicate...the responsibility to protect the people of my state."
All of which serves to underscore the point which was perhaps deliberately ignored by the media and the left in their rush to politicize the response to Hurricane Katrina: the pre-hurricane planning and immediate relief response was not the chief responsibility of the federal government or FEMA, but was the responsibility of state and local officials, who sadly botched the job in Louisiana.