29% of La. Republicans Blame Katrina Mess on... Obama Despite the fact that he was still in Congress at the time By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Aug 21, 2013 1:01 PM CDT 371 comments Comments In this Sept. 2, 2005, file photo, President George Bush tours of a flooded area of New Orleans near the Seventeenth Street levee damaged by Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (Newser) – Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans more than three years before President Obama took office—but even so, 29% of Louisiana Republicans say in a new poll that they think Obama was more to blame than then-President George W. Bush for the poor federal response to the disaster. Another 44% say they aren't sure which president is more responsible. Just 28% said Bush was more to blame than Obama—who was, at the time, a freshman US senator in Illinois. The survey was taken by Public Policy Polling, which, Talking Points Memo points out, leans left.