In his follow-up to the State of the Union Address on CNN, Anderson Cooper astutely noted the complete lack of Katrina in Bush’s speech. He brings it up with Barack Obama in his interview with the senator:
COOPER: Were you surprised the president didn’t mention New Orleans, didn’t mention the Gulf Coast?
OBAMA: I was surprised and disappointed. We’re going to be having a hearing with the homeland security committee on Monday in New Orleans. It seems to have been lost in some of the debates here in Washington.
But when you listen to the folks in New Orleans and what they’re still going through, I think it’s important for the president to continue to show some leadership. It’s been absent over the last several months.