"Insisting he's "just getting started," President Barack Obama defended his administration Thursday against complaints from some residents of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast that federal help in recovering from the 2005 disasters hasn't improved much since he took office. . . . As a candidate, Obama criticized former President George W. Bush's response to Katrina, when the government showed up late and unprepared and the Federal Emergency Management Agency became the object of widespread scorn. . . . Obama wanted to use his first visit as president to the Gulf Coast to listen to residents' concerns about the recovery effort."
Imagine the scandal it would have been if President McCain had waited 9 months to show up in New Orleans, after visiting numerous foreign countries first, and then only stayed for a few hours. Obama spent more time and effort in Copenhagen working on the Chicago Olympic bid.