It depends on what the meaning of "quickly" is

George W. Bush on the long road back.

Published August 29, 2006 1:51PM (EDT)

When George W. Bush said Monday that "10 years from now" people along the Gulf Coast will be "trying to remember back what it was like 10 years ago," his comments set off a small press firestorm: Aboard Air Force One, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino was forced to explain that the president wasn't suggesting that it would take 10 years to rebuild what Katrina destroyed.

"What he has always said from the beginning is that the devastation from Hurricane Katrina was so great that 365 days later we are not at the finish line," Perino said.

In fact, what Bush said from the beginning -- or, at least from what passed for the beginning from a disengaged president -- was that the federal government would move "quickly" to "get the work done quickly."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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