Interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean said he believes Katrina effectively marked the end of the Bush presidency.
I think that the response to Katrina was effectively the end of the president's presidency in the sense that people all of a sudden saw the small man behind the curtain. People in America and throughout the rest of the world for a long time have believed that Americans can fix anything, that we're better organized and can manage better than anybody and that when something really awful happens, call on the Americans. For the first time in our lifetimes and the world's lifetime since World War II, since before World War II, we suddenly saw an American president just descend into failure. I don't think he's ever recovered from that.
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