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.