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The politics of disasters

The Times-Picayune notes that after meeting with Bush earlier in the day yesterday, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin "was noticeably absent for the remainder of Bush's visit."  For the President, "quickening the flow of relief money was a major theme of the anniversary visit, and a topic on which Bush strove to display his mastery of Katrina details...  He at times came up lacking," including in a local radio interview in which he overestimated Army Corps of Engineers spending.