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So who else is having flashbacks to president MIA from 9/11? As the city of New Orleans struggles with looting, lack of police and equipment, Bush is nowhere near and is resting in the midst of chaos. Leadership, my ass. He is more worried about pitching his dog of a war and other unpopular programs than getting involved with a problem that has been exacerbated by his miserable policies related to Iraq. Maybe he's been delayed so his team can finish their script and prepare the proper angles for his photo ops. Setting the right mood is so important for a good photo, you know.

"It's downtown Baghdad," said tourist Denise Bollinger, who snapped pictures of looting in the French Quarter. "It's insane."

"It's like being in a Third World country," said Mitch Handrich, a registered nurse manager at Charity Hospital, where nurses were ventilating patients by hand after the power and then the backup generator failed. Some 300 patients had yet to be evacuated, but the babies in intensive care had been flown out.

"We're just trying to stay alive," Handrich said.

"The looting is out of control. The French Quarter has been attacked," Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson said. "We're using exhausted, scarce police to control looting when they should be used for search and rescue while we still have people on rooftops."

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