Obama Vows Not To Forget Lessons Of Katrina

President Barack Obama is promising that his administration will not forget what he called a tragic response to Hurricane Katrina.

* FILE **A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration infrared satellite images shows the outer bands of Hurricane Katrina, well ashore on the northern Gulf coast and the center of the storm about 165 miles, south-southeast of New Orleans in this Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, file photo. A lively and sometimes scrappy debate on whether global warming is fueling bigger and nastier hurricanes like Katrina is adding an edge to a gathering of forecasters here. A study released Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, by government scientists was the latest point of contention. (AP Photo/NOAA, File)

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. -- President Barack Obama is promising that his administration will not forget what he called a tragic response to Hurricane Katrina.

And in his weekly radio and Internet address he says he will visit the still-recovering New Orleans before the end of the year.

Obama says "None of us can forget how we felt when those winds battered the shore, the flood waters began to rise and Americans were stranded on rooftops and in stadiums."

He says "Whole neighborhoods of a great American city were left in ruins.

Communities across the Gulf Coast were forever changed.
And many Americans questioned whether government could fulfill its responsibility to respond in a crisis."

Obama acknowledges that recovery has not come at an acceptable pace despite recent moves to speed up the process.

He says he has "made it clear" that he will "not tolerate red tape that stands in the way of progress or the waste that can drive up the bill."

As Obama puts it, "Government must be a partner -- not an opponent -- in getting things done."

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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Aug 31, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    Yes Mr Obama, some of will not forget the pillferging, theft, stolen TVs, Shoes....by a bunch of idiots who refused to leave the city and Nagan, for not doing something about "his people" to save them. Yep, we will not forget.
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Aug 30, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    Yes there are a few obvious lessons. #1 Don't live in a city below sea level thats surrounded by water. #2 New York & New Orleans were both struck by terrible tragedy. New York recovered, New Orleans is struggling...the difference - leadership. #3 New Orleans has been a city run by corruption for years - seems like someone would get tired of it.
  • by Devil Dog Location: Greenville on Aug 29, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    People who endured tragedies in the West(fires), Midwest(tornadoes), floods in the Dakotas,etc. and not a word. New Orleans is a corrupt, vile pit that is below sea level. Quit whinning and get on with it!!!
  • by Gator Location: NC on Aug 29, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    Remember the school district lost 500 buses in the floods that could have been used to evacuate the population. Remember the reporting of the media that 10's of thousands of people who died. Remember the thugs shooting out our military helicopters trying to save people off the rooftops and bring in food. Remember the Governor of Louisiana not requesting for Federal Help until the very last minute. The worst thing was, Katrina was a category 5 out at sea. New Orleans should have had a mandatory evacuation. Who controlled the state, democrats.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 29, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    Voter, I have to agree with you. Nagan was warned and did really nothing. He was the mayor and should have been castigated for his actions. The problem was the news media. Until the news comes back, expect more of the same. They will ignore the problem and lay blame on what is politically good. Just for future reference, if you live in a city, that is below sea level, and a cat 4 hurricane is coming your way, you decide to stay, you might be an idiot. If you think the federal government will come bail you out for your stupidity, you are an idiot. If you think its a good time to pilfridge buisnesses, you are an idiot.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    WITN MODERATOR, what happened to my comment on this story?
  • by Baptist on Katrina on Aug 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    What kind of idiot do we have for a president? I'll tell you. A lying one and a lazy bum from the Chicago dark ages selected by the liberal Democrats to kick Hilliary in the butt. Where was he when Katrina hit? Did he go help his poor black relatives in Louisiana and Missippi? I think not - after all that would have been work and self-sacrifice. Many did, Numerous volunteers from across the country including church groups and Baptist Men including myself - not for some stupid headline as this, but out of Christian love.Interestingly, after two trips to Biloxi, I never saw a black person on the line - just standing in line - with their hands out. The most often phrase heard from those lines was not "thank you," but "is it free?"
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 29, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    Racist Ray Nagin tried to blame President Bush because the free handouts didn't get to the Blacks in New Orleans as fast as he thought they should.Then when they were put in the Astrodome, Superdome, or whichever stadium it was, then they proved that they weren't civilized, acting like fools while they were guests of another city.Then it has been proven that the whole design of the city of New Orleans is faulty, with water on 3 sides, and it being below sea level. Its just a matter of time before it happens again.It should have never been rebuilt! But that would have spoiled little Ray's plans for a chocolate(unsweetened I'm sure)city, and a place for the yearly drunkfest and nudity show known as Mardi Gras.New Orleans should have been emptied out and fenced off, not resurrected so taxpayers can pay for it all over again in the future.
  • by voter Location: nc on Aug 29, 2009 at 09:33 AM
    like when mayor ray nagan vacated the city and left his homies to fend for themselves? nagan's incompetence causing the death of many, and as a result being re-elected in his "chocolate" city? remindful of marion berry's re-election. possibly there is no help for people that stupid.

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