Open Letter to George W. Bush

Claim:   E-mail reproduces open letter from Michael Moore to President Bush regarding Hurricane Katrina.

Status:   True.

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, 2005]

I've been seeing the below message passed around a lot on Its probably being floated on other websites as well and email.s Its an Open letter from Michael Moore to President Bush regarding Hurricane Katrina. I haven't seen thise on the news yet (could be my bad) but I just want to know if this letter from Michael Moore to President Bush is authentic.

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

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Origins:   There have been many — and undoubtedly will be more — criticisms of various governmental agencies, from the President on downwards, over the failure to take proactive steps to head off the damage caused to New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, or to provide adequate emergency services to residents of the storm-stricken Gulf Coast in the hurricane's aftermath.

One such criticism is excerpted above, an opinion piece by filmmaker Michael Moore entitled "Vacation is Over . . . an open letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush" which was published on his web site on 2 September 2005.

Last updated:   2 September 2005