Criticized for turning his back on the whole city of New Orleans, Bush didn’t make the same mistake when a tornado hit Americus, Georgia, on Thursday. There he was on Saturday, posing for pictures in a black neighborhood where two died in the storm:
“He’s lifting spirits in a very difficult situation,” said Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, who accompanied Mr. Bush.
One person whose spirits appeared lifted was Felicia Stafford, who said the tornado had blown the roof off her house and ruined its wood floors. “He’s very nice, loving and warm,” she said after meeting Mr. Bush. “He’s got very soft hands.”