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Gone Fishing: G.W. Bush in New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina

Netlore Archive: Viral image purports to show President Bush and his father nonchalantly fishing in the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Description: Photo hoax / Joke
Circulating since: Sep. 2005
Status: Fake (see details below)

Example:
Email contributed by Julie D., Sep. 10, 2005:

Subject: Some people find good in EVERYTHING!!!!

Emailed photo purports to show President Bush and his father nonchalantly fishing in the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina
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Analysis: Fake photo. Obviously President Bush and his father, ex-President Bush, did not go fishing in the flooded streets of New Orleans while locals rendered homeless by Hurricane Katrina waded through waist-deep water nearby. This image was fabricated by combining two different news photos, one old and one new, to create a visual joke lampooning what partisan critics have characterized as Bush's "What, me worry?" attitude about the disaster.

The original photo of Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. on a fishing trip was taken off the coast of Kennebunkport, Maine by Associated Press photographer Steven Senne on Saturday, June 14, 2003.


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Sources and further reading:

Father's Day Highlights Close Ties in the Bush Family
Associated Press, 15 June 2003

The Roots of Bush's 'Compassion'
The Nation (via CBS News), 6 September 2005


Last updated: 09/10/05


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