Controversial director Spike Lee has slammed US President George W Bush's administration for its delayed response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina last August (05). The film-maker, who is making a documentary on the disaster and its aftermath, insists the government would have reacted quicker had those stranded in New Orleans, Louisiana not been poor. Approximately 1,600 people died in the city as a result of the hurricane. Lee says, "Before I used to think everything was based on race. Now class matters just as much. "If you are a poor person, black, white, Latino, whatever, the Bush administration does not have your best interests at heart. "If the government thought poor people mattered, the response would have been much quicker."