Obama Visits New Orleans

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

President Obama is praising the people of Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans for not giving up and says the influx of new people wanting to build a better city is a powerful sign of progress.

He toured portions of New Orleans Thursday to hear directly about residents' four-year-long struggle to recover from the devastating storm that hammered the city and large portions of the Gulf Coast.

It's Obama's sixth visit to the city since Katrina, and first since becoming president. Obama did not include the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which took a direct hit from Katrina, in his visit.

The president told a town hall meeting he was gratified by all the people who are "eager to build something better in place of what was."

Obama says he makes no excuses for the fact that the federal government didn't work effectively with state and local officials in the aftermath of the storm four years ago. But he says his administration is "working around the clock to clean up red tape and eliminate bureaucracy."

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  • by Mark on Oct 19, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    Make sure and promise the people of New Orleans great things. He did not even visit the gulf coast of Mississippi where Katrina hit. I guess the people of the gulf coast did not get on national TV and scream and curse enough as did the people of New Orleans.
  • by CARL Location: PHILLY on Oct 16, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    What a joke,this man is the bigest lie in the history of this country.cut red tape and bureaucracy? he has done more to add to red tape and bureaucracy,than eney one ever.but what would you expect from a man who sat under a pastor for 20 years and dident know he was anti AMERICAN anti white anti jew and anti christ. He lied or he is stuped or maybe both. GOD KNOWS THE TRUTH AND HE WILL JUDGE, HIS WORD SAYS ALL LIERS WILL HAVE THERE PART IN THE LAKE OF FIRE.And thats not a maybe.
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