Bush is back

The president arrives in Washington as the mayor of New Orleans predicts Katrina's death toll may be in the thousands.


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August 31, 2005 11:14PM (UTC)

The cable networks have just carried a live feed of Air Force One landing at Andrews Air Force Base. The president strode smartly down the steps of plane, saluting a couple of military officers with one hand while holding his Scottish terrier in the other.

The commander in chief is back in command, and not a minute too soon. The mayor of New Orleans just said that the death toll in his city is "minimum, hundreds," and "mostly likely, thousands." He said that there are a "significant number of dead bodies in the water," and that New Orleans will not be "functional" for a matter of months.

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What will the president do now that he's back in Washington? He'll give a televised speech from the White House at 5 p.m., and he may contemplate sending active-duty U.S. soldiers to New Orleans to help stop looting there. Appearing on CNN, Adm. Timothy Keating, the chief of the U.S. Northern Command, said he's awaiting a request from the governor of Louisiana and an order from the president of the United States.


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