No one who watches the Aug. 28 video of Mr. Bush in a conference room at his Texas ranch receiving briefings - from Michael Brown, the former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Max Mayfield, of the National Hurricane Center - can say the president wasn't warned.
Mr. Bush was directly told that the approaching storm was frighteningly dangerous, New Orleans' levees might not hold, and there was a big potential for catastrophic damage and deaths - warnings that, of course, turned out to be sadly prophetic.
And here's the rub: The president sat and listened, but his level of interest was such that he didn't ask a single question. Not one. Not about anything.
Apart from Mr. Bush's even more devastating bait-and-switch on Iraq, can there be any graver indictment of this president?
Of course the White House spin on this is that the president was "fully engaged". Why do they need to say it if it was true? Was he even truly listening? Methinks they protest too much.