And his response was to STAY ON VACATION. His response was to do THIS:
And make sure he got a PHOTO-OP of himself watching it from a PLANE:
And WHEN did he FINALLY realize that it was a SERIOUS problem? According to his own words, it was when he was WATCHING TV, and saw the people SCREAMING:
VARGAS: When you look back on those days immediately following when Katrina struck, what moment do you think was the moment that you realized that the government was failing, especially the people of New Orleans?
BUSH: When I saw TV reporters interviewing people who were screaming for help. It looked — the scenes looked chaotic and desperate. And I realized that our government was — could have done a better job of comforting people.
They "could have done a better job of comforting people."
They didn't need a HUG, you clown.
The caption says it all: