Some Disappointed Obama's Not Stopping in Mississippi

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi took a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It's a fact often overshadowed by the flooding of New Orleans, the city President Barack Obama visits Thursday to assess recovery on the Gulf Coast.

So it's no surprise some Mississippians are disheartened that Obama won't be coming here.

Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo said he was "greatly disappointed" and he wished Obama would see the recovery there first hand.

The White House said Wednesday in a statement that Obama is committed to helping Mississippi and that his administration has obligated over $160 million for the state with another $2.5 billion planned.

Several members of the Obama administration, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, have visited south Mississippi.

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  • by Marie Location: Chicago on Jul 10, 2010 at 06:38 AM
    No, you can't fix studpid, thats evident from your comments. Did you get the word out about the devistation of MS? Its no wonder we as Americans live in this country and are still divided. The hatred, stupidity, ignorance, and racism still and always will exist. We can't help ourselves, each other. But we can always critise. There has to be somewhere to go (Katrina). Their day today, your day tomorrow. Its easier when you are not below sea level. Obama didn't ask for the Nobel peace prize, it was awarded to him because of the bigger picture, intelligent people understand that. Obama wasn't asked to pour pee out of a boot, but to be the commander in chief of this country. And that he is. Everyone is entitled to his/her oppinion. We all have one. And some wonder why he didn't stop in MS. Those that understand, understand. He is the PRESIDENT live with it. I have family in MS. But you can't compare what happened to some of my family members, to what happend in New Orleans.
  • by Mark on Oct 15, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    One more thing I want to say. My son is in the Mississippi National Guard. It takes 3 days to mobilize the guard usually in a situation like Katrina. My son's guard unit was called out and had to report the Saturday before Katrina hit. Our governor and state officials had great foresight. The morning after the storm the guard was in Waveland before daylight. On the other hand. The New Orleans mayor and the Louisanna governor did not activate their guard until the day after the storm. That is one of the reasons it took so long for help to arrive. But, did anyone reveal that fact. I want to applaud the Mississippi National Guard and the governor for their prompt and great actions during that terrible time. My son told many stories about the great people from the gulf coast that he met and how thankful and nice they were to him and his fellow guardsmen. Even in times of great hardship they were concerned about each other. They did not riot or loot. They worked together to survive.
  • by Fire Captain Location: SUMTER COUNTY on Oct 14, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    I recently posted under the unknown name. Sara I am 110 percent behind you. I thought to win a Nobel peace prize you actually had to do something. all Obama has done is run his mouth he has not done anything. anyone can talk about it it still dont help anything. I bet the ones that voted for Obama question themselfs everyday now
  • by SARA Location: clarke county on Oct 14, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    AMEN! the people of New Orleans had the choice to leave but chose to stay... Their mayor who led them astray was votied back into office following all of the destruction and turmoil that he helped cause.... thats stupidity on their part! Mississippi knew it was up to the people to get it tiogether and get it done. If you depend on the government then you end up with the situation that New Orleans still has. and then those same people have the nerve to come to meridian asking for handouts when the hurrican threatend last year... news flash peole get off welfare , we cant afford you like it is ! Get a job and quit depending on handouts... you are bankrupting our already flat broke government! and as for "obama" do you honestly think he has time for MS... i mean he is a nobel peace prize winner! quick question? how do you win the peace prize when the country you lead is at war with other countries with no end in sight? oh and the olympics... they are super important. GIVE ME A BREAK!
  • by unknown Location: ALABAMA on Oct 14, 2009 at 02:40 PM
    Mark one thing we have person that is president that don't know how to pour pee out of a boot with the instructions on the heel and that goes for the rest of the ones up there. the next thing the news media barely covered miss when it was the worse place hit. all you heard was New Orleans this and that nothin about miss. Its there own fault they were stuck there they had all the options in the world to get out. I guess you can't fix stupid.
  • by Ed on Oct 14, 2009 at 02:15 PM
    Mark I agree with that... it is their own fault all that happen with the collapse of the levy system as time shown moneys sent there was miss spent and upkeep was never done.. but the spin from there by CNN when i was in Canada at the time .. was painting them as victims the government forcing the poor and black to live in areas in hope in a disaster like that would killed them and solved the problem... oh yeah the slant was on BIG time and i had to educate how there is education here for higher learning and if they wanted to could have done things to improve their lives...
  • by Anonymous Location: Lauderdale on Oct 14, 2009 at 01:48 PM
    I am not surprised, Mississippi is the last stop for everything
  • by Mark on Oct 14, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    It is no great surpise that he is not visiting Mississippi. Unlike the people of New Orleans the great people of Mississippi put on their work clothes and went about rebuilding their communites and towns.The people of New Orleans wait on the government to rebuild their pitiful city. In the past I would take trips to New Orleans for pleasure. After seeing the way the people if New Orleans acted after Katrina I have not and will not ever spend a dime there again. I spend my money on the MISSISSIPPI gulf coast. If all of you will remember it was Mississippi took the direct hit from Katrina not New Orleans. I am kind of like my dad. If you build your house in a low lying area expect it to flood.
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