The biggest problem with this administration in this kind of situation, as I see it, is that their basic strategy is the Big Lie. When something comes up that they don't like or need to deal with, they simply lie until they get their way. That cannot possibly work this time and it is showing. Officials are trying to say everything is getting better when it obviously isn't. Officials are complimenting each other on how well things are going when it obviously isn't.
And as much as it is true that while Bush nearly halved the budgeted amounts to work on the levy system in NO over the last 4 years and reduced the Army Corps of Engineers budget as well, 4 years of work and funding wouldn't have stopped the disaster. It would have helped, but likely not stopped it, by all the accounts I've heard in the media. Where blame DOES belong squarely on Bush and his administration is in depleting the National Guard and Police Forces by sending them to Iraq and reducing funding for local police and fire departments. This is directly hampering the response and funding for other response systems is also rediculously low. If not for Bush and his lies that brought us into Iraq, the disaster would likely have been less, if not much, but the response would SURELY have been better.
Add these deaths to those of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, Iraqis, Afghanis and the American deaths on Sept 11th to Bush's toll.