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Meanwhile, away from Washington, D.C.

Where are the feds, President Obama?

Utility crews worked in subfreezing temperatures Saturday to try to put the power back on for nearly a million customers left without electricity by an ice storm that crippled parts of several states this week.

Thousands of people in ice-caked Kentucky awoke in motels and shelters, asked to leave their homes by authorities who said emergency teams in some areas were too strapped to reach everyone in need of food, water and warmth.

Let me be clear: I do not believe for a moment that it is President Obama’s fault that a million Kentuckians are freezing their you-know-whats off — although at least one county emergency manager reports that FEMA is still a no-show five days after the storm.

But is it too soon to wonder, considering the media’s analysis of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, whether the news coverage would be different if President Bush were still in office?

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