"But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment. The good and decent people of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast - black and white, rich and poor, young and old - deserve far better from their national government," Senator Mary Landreiu (D, LA)

Bush faked levee repair for photo op yesterday

There was a striking discrepancy between the CNN International report on
the Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone, yesterday, and reports
of the same event by German TV.

ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely
staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution
point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately
after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that
others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same

The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves, said ZDF.
--from here--is this true????

ARD correspondent Christine Adelhardt, who witnessed Bush's visit to
Biloxi, was shocked about the extent to which the event was staged

Bush visit halts food delivery

By Michelle Krupa | Staff writer | Times-Picayune

tons of food ready for delivery by air to refugees in St. Bernard
Parish and on Algiers Point sat on the Crescent City Connection bridge
Friday afternoon as air traffic was halted because of President Bush’s
visit to New Orleans, officials said.

The provisions, secured by U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville,
and state Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom, baked in the afternoon sun
as Bush surveyed damage across southeast Louisiana five days after
Katrina made landfall as a Category 4 storm, said Melancon’s chief of
staff, Casey O’Shea.

'We had arrangements to airlift food by helicopter to these folks, and
now the food is sitting in trucks because they won’t let helicopters
fly,' O’Shea said Friday afternoon."