NYT Article Brings Up Grammar Question

How does this sentence read:

The Bush administration’s unsteady response to Hurricane Katrina, which left New Orleans in ruins three years ago, outraged Americans, drew criticism from Mr. McCain and remains, for many, a stain on President Bush’s record.

I recently found it in a NYT article about John McCain canceling the first day of the GNC because of Hurricane Gustave. It is unclear to me whether the object of that sentence’s parenthetical statement is “Hurricane Katrina” or “The Bush Administration”. What a funny mistake

More than a question from the progeny of the Grammarian from Hell, this is a common association used by liberal media with which I take issue. Though I am loath to remove any blame from the Bush Administration in any situation, I am not sure the decades of ignored levy repairs, the shoddy regional planning, and the sheer historic size of the hurricane itself can all be laid at George Bush’s door (though, John McCain supporter Pastor John Hagee says it can all be laid at the door of a Gay Pride march which was to be held the week the hurricane struck–see today’s Inspirational Quote).

Anyhoo, please comment if I’m missed a more complex grammar structure!

Inspirational Quote:

All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are — were recipients of the judgment of God for that. The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades. So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing. I know that there are people who demur from that, but I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment. And I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.

Pastor John Magee, September 18, 2006, National Public Radio’s Fresh Air, host Terry Gross.

PS: to see Dan Savage’s response to this comment, see the bottom of this Savage Love article.

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